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In France, the disturbed and mysterious Alexandre Demarre is hired as security guard for the Vigilante armored truck company earning 1,200 euros per month and lodges in a hotel nearby the ... See full summary »

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Nicole
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Michel Trillot ...
L'armurier
Jean-Christophe Pagnac ...
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Patton (as Jean-Paul Zennacker)
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Erik
Nicolas Marié ...
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Isabelle
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In France, the disturbed and mysterious Alexandre Demarre is hired as security guard for the Vigilante armored truck company earning 1,200 euros per month and lodges in a hotel nearby the company for 1,450 euros for a month. He becomes close to his colleagues, actually a group of losers, without motivation or perspective, paranoids, depressed and substances addicted men, and prepares a personal file with the profile of each one. Along the days, the real intentions of Alex in working at Vigilante are disclosed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$1,191,333 (France) (16 April 2004)

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$1,191,333 (France) (16 April 2004)
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Impressive French thriller - but beware of the Chinese DVD!
5 April 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Money is the root of all evil in Nicolas Boukrief's 'Le Convoyeur,' a tight little French thriller where the suspense is as much about the nature of Albert Dupontel's protagonist as the series of armoured car robberies that are driving a security company into bankruptcy. The question of whether the secretive but curious new guard is a writer, a police plant or possibly planning a robbery himself is never clearly answered, which keeps the film intriguing despite the lack of action. However, unlike many French thrillers, the plot is ultimately satisfying and benefits from strong performances (with the exception of an unconvincing Claude Peron), a great use of the Scope frame and low-key but totally focused direction that prevents even the potentially OTT finale from slipping into parody or comic book bravado. Only a bizarre comic end title sequence seems totally out of place.

Unfortunately, I found the film almost incomprehensible. Why? Well, since the film doesn't look like it's getting a release in any English-speaking territories, the only subtitled copy I could find was a Hong Kong DVD. The trouble is, whatever language it was subtitled into, despite the appearance of English words, it certainly wasn't English as we know it. In fact, it looked as if someone with an English-French dictionary and no knowledge of slang (or even names) translated it literally word by word. Example:

"the John the row agriculture die of time to me is stroke. the in the die of time is a str oke again to me. still have the specially the card if he died make me sad again. yes! still work properly the tow er of not that have no matter. didn't be so severe, to! in roll the album of the stone have a song I am not to like so. the song answers to the name of "Anne." felling how much have a little the flavour of the shell insect music band but i like to very obvious"

Answers on a postcard to the usual address...

And that's not all. As well as the word 'fart' appearing far more times than was strictly necessary, even names and colours were translated into 'English.' Thus:

the elder brother of the holy land = indigo fertiliser = smoking shell insect music band = The Beatles shell of pull = Isabelle section = Nicole the west of = Francis the shell is virtuous = Bernard second beat the = Alex thunder rice = Remy

While the director finds himself credited not as Nicolas Boukhrief but as 'the thou of pulls the cloth section in the man.' And I still haven't a clue what his boss means when he says "I am dry of this"!

Let's just hope that somewhere it gets a release with decent English subtitling, as it's a decent movie that deserves a decent release!


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