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Roberto Succo (2001)

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In the 80's Roberto Succo an Italian serial killer met a young girl in France. He's running away from his country because he killed his parents during an argument and the "carabinieri" are chasing him.

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'Kurt' claims to be a sales rep. He also claims to be English in spite of his heavy Italian accent. Kurt is an habitual liar and a dangerous driver, at the very least. In the south of France he meets Léa, age 16. Between his increasingly strange dates with Léa, Kurt engages in a number of armed robberies, some successful, some not... The police are perplexed by a series of crimes including disappearances and a murder. They conclude that they are dealing with a madman... After he proposes, Léa breaks up with Kurt. The attempt to find a new girlfriend leads to a shooting by Kurt, now calling himself André. Léa's information identifies Kurt/André as Roberto Succo, psychiatric patient and parental murderer. The police hunt for Roberto covers three countries. Written by David Carless

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Not very dramatically compelling portrait of a real-life killer
26 February 2015 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is French movie about a real-life Italian killer, Roberto Succo (Stefano Cassetti), who escaped a mental institution and went on a crime/murder spree all over Europe. He was somewhat similar to American killers Gary Gilmore (the subject of "The Executioner's Song")and Charles Starkweather (who loosely inspired "Badlands"). However, he was more a more prolific killer than the former, but didn't cause nearly as much panic as the latter--it actually took the police some time to piece together the various random crimes he was committing, which didn't immediately escalate to murder. The film "Roberto Succo" though probably MOST resembles the two later French "Mesrine" films (with Vincent Cassel), and like those, it seems to hew pretty closely to the real-life inspiration. Unfortunately, Succo was not nearly as interesting of a criminal as Jacques Mesrine, and Stefano Cassetti is not nearly as compelling of actor as the great Vincent Cassel.

During his crimes Succo stopped to rather tenderly romance a naive, 16-year-old French virgin named "Lea" (Isild Le Besco). But she was neither really an unwitting accomplice in his crimes like the real-life Carol Fugate (Starkweather's teenage paramour) or a sexy "moll" along the lines of the real-life Nichole Baker (played by Roseanne Arquette in "The Executioner's Song") or the character played by Ludivine Sagnier in the "Mesrine" movies. The unconventionally beautiful French actress Isild LeBesco does two things really well--one is act and the other is get naked, and she doesn't get nearly enough chance to do either here. Ludivine Sagnier has less screen time technically in the "Mesrine" movies than LeBesco does in this, but she is quite a bit more effective.

The film basically follows Succo as he commits his incredibly random crimes, and since Cassetti isn't the most exciting of actors, the film largely lacks a center and becomes quite boring. The police pursuit when it finally happens is almost an afterthought and the prison scenes at the end, while necessary to tell the full story, only prolong an already rather dull movie. It could have been improved with a stronger central performance, or if LeBesco had had a bigger role or had the kind of screen presence she would eventually develop in her later films (she is STILL by far the best reason to see this). Much of it though you have to blame on the filmmakers who perhaps stick TOO MUCH to the real-life inspiration at the expense of of making a very dramatically compelling movie.


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