Richard and Philippe live hand to mouth, backing up a gang of Spanish pickpockets on the streets of Paris, posing as policemen who arrest a gang member while the others rifle the pockets ... See full summary »
Richard and Philippe live hand to mouth, backing up a gang of Spanish pickpockets on the streets of Paris, posing as policemen who arrest a gang member while the others rifle the pockets and purses of gawkers. When all of the gang except Richard and Philippe are pinched, things look grim. Plus, Richard insists that they take in a wide-eyed immigrant lad, a deaf-mute left behind in the arrests. Philippe suggests a three-person pickpocket trick, using the boy, but when that goes spectacularly badly, they hit rock bottom. Then, at the cinema, the lad finds a solution. It's time to celebrate. Written by
Two Paris losers are enlisted by a gang of Gypsy pickpockets to impersonate cops in order to get them out of tight situations. All does not go according to plan though and the thieves are arrested by real police before the counterfeit cops can step in. Stuck with a mute child of the gang they at first attempt to lose him when they discover he turns out to be a more adept thief than his entire jailed family. With their prodigy they soon become wildly successful robbing billfolds and pocket books from movie patrons across Paris.
This energetic short film is a comic walk on the low life side filled with able performances and deadpanned humor. The hapless leads are well developed in the film's brief running time and tight editing keeps the story moving along. Things get a little excessive at the end as our thieves flush with success conspicuously run through the streets with armloads of booty before they arrogantly trip themselves up in a bowling alley but all in all it remains in keeping with the spirit of this light hearted film about thievery.
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