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Set in London, SPOTLESS is the story of a troubled crime scene cleaner, Jean, whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother Martin crash lands into his world, entangling them in the deadly dynamics of organized crime.
Here is a french crime movie as we can catch from time to time. Not a great film, not an ambitious one, but certainly not charmless. A pretty little crime flick.
An ex con is discharged from the can and tries to pull a last heist. His former cell mate is dead and the lead - Dutronc - has no other choice to take his dead friend's daughter as a partner in his project. But some of his former associates try to jeopardize his plans. They want to take the loot from him, after the robbery.
Jacques Dutronc gives here a very impressive performance. An old timer who has nothing to lose and tries to save some dignity, modesty and withholding. I love this kind of character.
When I saw this film, I thought of Jean Pierre Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR or, more recently, Jacques Bral's UN PRINTEMPS A Paris, starring Eddy Mitchell, who had a very similar character as Dutronc.
A sad story. I like this.
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