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One (2002)

Cavale (original title)
After nearly fifteen years behind bars, lefty revolutionary Bruno escapes and heads back to Grenoble, France. His plan? Settle some old scores, hook up with his foxy ex-lover, and avoid the... See full summary »



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After nearly fifteen years behind bars, lefty revolutionary Bruno escapes and heads back to Grenoble, France. His plan? Settle some old scores, hook up with his foxy ex-lover, and avoid the cop on his tail. An unexpected event, however, brings cop and crook closer than they ever could have expected. Written by IMDb Editors

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Rated R for some violence, drug use and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

8 January 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Cavale - Auf der Flucht  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,425 (USA) (13 February 2004)


$64,796 (USA) (9 July 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Forms a trilogy along with Three (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 »


Followed by Three (2002) See more »

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Well worth seeing, but much more so if you see the whole 'Trilogy'
6 January 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

The first part of Belvaux's 'The Trilogy', where three films with very different tones overlap some characters and incidents.

This first part is a taught, well made, violent thriller, following an escaped communist revolutionary, determined to return to the bombing and violence that put him in jail 20 years ago, while settling old scores with enemies, and re-contacting old allies.

Belvaux shows daring in not working to make his character very sympathetic, and allowing our initial almost automatic sympathy for our lead character to be ever more harshly challenged. We come slowly to realize this is a violent zealot, unmoved by the fact that the revolution that seemed to make sense as a young man now seems arbitrary and insane, and that his callous disregard for his victims isn't much of a start on a new world order.

In a vacuum, this dark, cynical noir would still be a good film, but with the next part of the Trilogy, it gains in levels and meanings.

There are real flaws here – a few plot twists are hard to buy, some character behavior unclear (although less unclear after part 2). A guy this smart wouldn't make a couple of the mistakes he does. And the score is frustratingly repetitious. But it's never boring, always involving, and with the next film, it's something more.

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