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An excellent and very pure film noir directed by Philippe Lefebvre.A Paris vice cop makes his rounds through the strip clubs, bars, sex clubs, and haunts of those who live by night. Simon Weiss, played by the charismatic Roschdy Zem, knows this world like no one else. He's "dirty", yes, but possessed of a code of order and controls this Nightown as his own personal turf. He's a complicated man and as much a citizen of this "upside down world" as any of its denizens. He knows all and sees all. It all takes place in one night's tour of duty. Simon laments to his driver, "the night seems to drag on." Believe me, this one doesn't. Seen at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center. Should have a great run when released in the U.S.
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I am amazed by this french film noir, and an authentic one, that
reminds me the oldies from the 50's and early sixties, in black and
white and with jazzy scores. Paris by night and its fauna, its
underworld. The story of a rotten cop, a borderline cop, always on the
edge, played by Rochdy Zem who gives here a terrific performance. A
rotten cop who has to deal with many people such as the Internal
Affairs, gangsters, night club owners, burlesqued disguised men,
disgusting people of the Paris night, in order to fulfill his duty. A
rotten cop for whom the audience can feel real empathy. A man of honour
who keeps his word, who believes in friendship whatever happens, but a
cop who can't trust anyone. ANYONE.
Yes folks, this cop character played by Rochdy Zem is outstanding. This actor has never been better. In this film, there is no action sequences or gunfights, but I consider it a a real gem. A sort of french TRAINING DAY.
The cast is interesting too: Richard Bohringer, Gerald Laroche, Jean Pierre Martins - the Marcel Cerdan character of Olivier Dahan's LA MÔME - Samuel le Bihan...
Don't miss it.
This movie makes Collateral and Heat seem like Walt Disney. This is a very well made hard core police thriller with superb actors and very realistic storyline. The scenery of Paris by night with all its weird nightclubs and interesting personalities will keep you glued to the screen. The atmosphere is quite dark, but at times displays good in even the darkest corners of misery. The strength of the movie is the depth of the characters and the diversity. Good guys have flaws and bad guys have feelings too. Not the black or white scale we are too used with in American movies. This is a must see and Im amazed this movie didn't get more attention abroad. This is a sure 10 out of 10 movie. See it!
It's not bad, it's not great. Interesting format, similar to
Zem and Forestier are very good, the rest of the cast a bit more random. Gives you a new perspective on the 'monde de la nuit a Paris'...
But the scenario lacks some depth and shooting at night is not easy; Philippe Lefebvre is clearly not Michael Mann even if he directs the actors pretty well.
A good change from Hollywood take on police movies. If you likes this one, check out Olivier Marchal's work, A la petite semaine and Ne le dis a personne, good French stuff!
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