"Ni Pour, Ni Contre" tracks the fall of a young TV camerawoman, Caty, after she becomes involved with a group of petty criminals and their enigmatic leader, Jean. The gang lives hand-to-mouth until the day Jean plans a daring bank robbery. Although other gang members feel out of their league, Jean persuades them to take part and Caty finds herself in a hellish world of betrayal, violence and murder. Written by
The title of this magnificent film from Kaplish; refers to a timid young country girl that helps a group of gangster in a heist in Paris (France) in order to get some money. She immediately becomes the gang's mascot and starts enjoying the luxuries and commodities of the easy life.
However, when the gang runs out of money, she is offered to participate in an ambitious job so dangerous, she refuses and resorts to small robberies alone to make money. After a while, the risk grows higher, and realizing that she can't keep going alone, decides return to the gang and participates in the big plan for a big sum of money.
Of course, things do not go as expected and the aftermath is violence, death and betrayal.
After `The Spanish Inn' a social comedy/satire about the new Europe and its different cultural clashes; I never expected, Cedric Klapish (the director) could deliver such a perfectly timed thriller . The first third of the movie is an almost romantic criminal caper, that emotionally involves the spectators with the gangsters and the girl. This perfectly generates a big tension and suspense on the second third (the big heist); but, to my (and others people) surprise, on the third part characters become un-masked and any romantic or sympathetic feeling get lost in a spiral of betrayal and violence.
Marie Gillian; with her innocent face is absolutely credible as the innocent heroine that grows to become cold and ambitious criminal. The same could be said of Vincent Elbaz as the gallant gang boss and the rest of the cast.
The movie ends in a very politically incorrect way (this is a French movie), but you will be very satisfied.
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