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Eric Cantona is suspected of murdering the murderers of his parents
"La Liste" is a good solid mystery-thriller. It was a TV-movie, but in watching it I did not know this and I didn't see anything in its production values or anything else that revealed that it was any different from an ordinary movie.
This is the kind of thriller I like, somewhat on the murky side, plenty of plot and mystery, and some close calls. Its chases were typically on foot. This is not a Hollywood-type predictable thriller. The French thrillers typically have a more neo-noir feel to them and more layers.
I was impressed with the physical presence of Eric Cantona on the screen and during the chases. Afterwards, I find that he was a soccer star.
Cantona plays one of two brothers who survived a massacre of their parents and some friends years earlier. His brother was played by Stéphan Guérin-Tillié. Both brothers did not vary their expressions all that much. They were serious, sometimes glum, and occasionally angry. On the other hand, the script called for quite a few female characters, and they showed a good deal of emotion. The balance was good.
The chases really were quite good and in good locations.
Quite heavy use was made of the mobile camera and the subjective point of view mixed with the objective. This was done skillfully and added suspense at critical points. In action scenes, you could tell exactly what was happening and it was realistic.
The parents of the brothers were massacred by 5 masked gunman years before at a family outing. The case went unsolved. They became cops but still could not solve the case. A new series of murders has begun. They suspect a link and their higher ups suspect them of revenge killings. The story rapidly becomes complex and twisting as Cantona goes on the run, while Guerin-Tillie is cleared, more or less, and is working with his fellow cops but concealing information about his brother who is on the run and under heavy suspicion.
I'm glad I did not pass this one up.
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