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Three (2002)
"Après la vie" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 January 2003 (France)
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In the final chapter of director Belvaux's trilogy, Pascal, now a disgraced cop, seeks redemption by capturing Bruno, a fugitive with a strange connection to Agnes, Pascal's heroin-addicted wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Mazzinghi ...
Olivier Darimont ...
Patrick Descamps ...
Alexis Tomassian ...
Yves Claessens ...
Pierre Gérard ...
Christine Henkart ...
Jean-Henri Roger ...
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The final installment in director Lucas Belvaux's trilogy follows Pascal, a cop who sees a return to credibility in the capture of escaped convict Bruno--who in turn is harbored by Pascal's morphine-addicted wife Agnes. Pascal's already precarious ties to Agnes are strained further when he meets and falls for her fellow schoolteacher friend Cecile. With Pascal focused on Bruno and Cecile, Agnes is forced to find a fix on her own. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »


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8 January 2003 (France)  »

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Après la vie  »

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$6,528 (USA) (13 February 2004)


$26,165 (USA) (18 June 2004)

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Forms a trilogy along with One (2002) and Trilogy: Two (2002), the main characters of this one being the supporting actors in the other ones, and vice versa. The three movies have some scenes in common which are shown from a different point of view according to the storyline we're following. See more »


In the credits, Catherine Frot is credited for playing Jeanne Costes, and Ornella Muti for playing Cécile Rivet. During the movie, Frot's character is caller Jeanne Rivet, and Muti's character is called Cécile Costes. See more »


Follows One (2002) See more »

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Part 3 of Belvaux's 'Trilogy',
9 January 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This intense drama of a cop trying to deal with his morphine addicted life puts more pieces in place of the world of stories Belvaux has created. It is fascinating to see scenes that played as comedy in part 2 "An Amazing Couple", repeated here, exactly as they were, but now they feel dead serious because of the change in context.

The only problem for me – and most critics disagree, is that for me this was the weakest of the three films, the acting sometimes over the top, character logic sometimes vague or missing. I felt disappointed, because after part 2 made me like part 1 even better, I was hoping part 3 would raise the whole into more than the sum of it's parts, into 'great film event' territory. Sadly, that didn't happen for me – maybe because I was expecting too much. I'd certainly give this another shot, and it's absolutely a good film, with some very touching moments.

It just felt a little more obvious in how it brought the trilogy's stories and themes (obsession, blindness in service of an idea or need) together than what I wished for.

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