The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats - from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks. Written by
The filming of this and Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008), which lasted nine straight months, was done in reverse chronological order so that Vincent Cassel could progressively lose the weight he gained in preparation of the role, as Cassel knew he couldn't gain weight while filming. See more »
When Mesrine and Ardouin run away in the metro, one can see tagging. Later, when Mesrine and his friend arrive by car in Spain, there is a small tagged wall. Tagging arrived in France and Spain during the 1980s. See more »
La journaliste interview:
Why are you doing this?
Because I don't like laws.
I don't like the laws and I don't want to be a slave of the alarm clock my whole life.
I don't want to spend my entire life dreaming. I don't want to always think how I have to work half a year just so I could buy some thing.
La journaliste interview:
What do you expect from your life? Recognition? Money?
What a question! Money, money, money... all of you just keep talking about it, always the same. But I'm completely different.
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Last Month, I commented Mesrine Part One: "L'Instinct de Mort".
Now, there is Part Two.
This movie is as terrific and exciting as the previous one. The characterization as fascinating and poignant too. Cassel gives here his best performance ever. Whatever he will do in the future, he will never do better. He has reached here the top of his career.
I'll just describe one sequence. Somewhere the equivalent of the one I gave you for the previous chapter. Remember, when Cassel and Depardieu took a woman protector - an Arab - for a "ride" in their car.
Here, in this movie, Cassel and his anarchist, revolutionary and extreme left winged friend Lanvin - Charlie Bauer - take a journalist for a ride in their car, too. An extreme right winged one. A fascist. So, when the journalist in question tells the two men that the Algerians deserved to be killed in Paris, in 1961, and thrown in the Seine by Papon's policemen, don't miss Lanvin's eyes in the rear mirror. Don't miss his face. Especially when you already know that Lanvin -Bauer - fought for free Algeria, and that he hates fascists to the death.
At this moment, you understand that this journalist - who also told in his papers that Mesrine was a traitor for his friends and a coward too
was going to live some "difficult" moments...
So delicious to witness in the audience, I mean.
And about the very ending, the last shot of this film, I promise that every one in the theatre stays still some minutes afterwards. Stroke by lightning. Even if every one is prepared for it.
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