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Payoff (2003)

Gomez & Tavarès (original title)
Two dirty copies decide to extort a lord mobster using an account book they found during the investigation of a murder case.
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Silvio Baginorelli
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In Marseille, the lazy and dirty police Detective Maxime "Max" Tavarès is assigned by Commissaire Cagnoty to work with Detective Carlos Gomez, who has just been transferred from Paris. Gomez has problem to accept the procedures of the corrupt Max and they investigate the apparent suicide of the accountant Lucino. The efficient Gomez finds a four leaf clover into Lucino's nose and they seek out his daughter, the stripper Paulina Lucino, and who might be the killer. They stumble with two criminals in front of her building and they arrest them. When a hit-man posing of lawyer kills the two men in the district, Gomez and Max conclude that there is an informer in the precinct. Meanwhile they contact Paulina and she asks for protection and a painting of her mother that is on the wall of her father's apartment. Meanwhile Max is pressed by the Internal Affairs to help in the investigation of his partner, who lives in a fancy and expensive house with his wife, two sons and his sister Gina and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$2,503,578 (France) (9 May 2003)
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Lost Between Crime and Comedy with Unlikable Characters
18 November 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Marseille, the lazy and dirty police Detective Maxime "Max" Tavarès (Titoff) is assigned by Commissaire Cagnoty (Etienne Chicot) to work with Detective Carlos Gomez (Stomy Bugsy), who has just been transferred from Paris. Gomez has problem to accept the procedures of the corrupt Max and they investigate the apparent suicide of the accountant Lucino. The efficient Gomez finds a four leaf clover into Lucino's nose and they seek out his daughter, the stripper Paulina Lucino (Élodie Navarre), and who might be the killer. They stumble with two criminals in front of her building and they arrest them. When a hit-man posing of lawyer kills the two men in the district, Gomez and Max conclude that there is an informer in the precinct. Meanwhile they contact Paulina and she asks for protection and a painting of her mother that is on the wall of her father 's apartment. Meanwhile Max is pressed by the Internal Affairs to help in the investigation of his partner, who lives in a fancy and expensive house with his wife, two sons and his sister Gina (Noémie Lenoir) and is more corrupt then him. When they find an account book in Lucino's safe, Paulina is the only one that can decipher the document. However Max and Gomez decide to use the document to extort the powerful mobster lord Silvio Baginorelli (Philippe Lemaire) and raise money. Will they succeed in their intent?

"Gomez & Tavarès" is a French film that does not work well, since the director is lost between crime and comedy genres, using the clichés of the genres. In addition, the unlikable characters that are amoral and dirty do not help to create empathy with any of them. The worst is that I saw this movie on VHS awfully dubbed in English. In the credits the viewer sees why Paulina was dying for having the painting. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Payoff – Acima da Lei" ("Payoff – Above Law")


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