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Bad Russians are after a disk featuring secrets from nuclearcompanies. After a failed and bloody attempt, they run after thefall guy, a suicidal clown, who gains help from a tormentedwould-be priest while a grumpy detective is on the trail. Soundsfamiliar ? Yes, this basic plot has been used for countlessdirect-to-video thrillers. But the fact that this is a Frenchfilm with a distinct flavour gives it an honorable twist, andobviously, the filmmakers never intended it to be more thanentertainment. The characters, though clichéd, are honestlydrawn, the acting is very good and a crisp, lush cinematographyhelps disguise an obvious low budget. Ticky Holgado reallyshines as this ambiguous, sad clown who turns out to be muchmore (The title is ironic, since he never smiles), and hisclown/mime antics are delightful. Nothing impressive, just anice little B-movie, unpretentious but crisp, a cut above youraverage TV movie.
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