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Not for, or Against (Quite the Contrary) (2003)

Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) (original title)
"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 ... See full summary »

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Caty
Vincent Elbaz ...
Jean
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Freddy Karparian dit Lecarpe
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Mouss
Dimitri Storoge ...
Loulou
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Caprice
Jocelyn Lagarrigue ...
Gilles - télesurveillance
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ...
Le Directeur du Dépôt
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La call-girl du Directeur
Thierry Levaret ...
Le Vigile
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Bernard - Le King
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Le Journaliste Caprice
Michaël Tissier ...
Anthony Karparian, le fils de Freddy (as Mickaël Tissier)
Didier Menin ...
Concierge Marriott
Thierry Flamand ...
Le Journaliste
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"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 Anonymous

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Voix du Printemps, Op 410 (Frühlingstimmen)
Music by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker (as L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Vienne)
Conducted by Willi Boskovsky
(p) 1960 Decca Records Company Ltd
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Nothing for, nothing against
27 June 2004 | by (Newcastle, home of footie) – See all my reviews

Bit of a disappointment really - after a good start in Goodfellas mode (where the anti-hero's life of crime is linked to his love of good shoes) and an initially mildly intriguing set-up that never pays off, the film just gradually flat lines. It isn't terrible, but it isn't particularly good. Performances are fine but not outstanding and the plot ticks along on the usual robbery goes wrong lines without ever threatening any surprises. The biggest surprise is a bit part for Diane Kruger as a hooker, much more attractive here than in Troy.

The one thing which does impress is Klapisch's Scope framing. This is a man who really knows how to fill the wide, wide screen, and he throws in the greatest shot of Cannes' Carlton Hotel ever. It's just a shame that the script never rises to the level of visual invention.


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