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Interesting drama yarn
That's a rare crime yarn involving a young man killing his brother who calling him a cipher about a family business affair. A killing not in cold blood but manslaughter. The story is about the way he is going to manage this situation, in a sort of Columbo style. Except this is not actually an investigation case, but a blackmail genre tale, where the man's girl friend asks the murderer to live with him, in he family's place, against her silence about what happened. George Maharis is rather pale here, in this crime drama made for TV. I won't say he is tepid, but many more actors would have given better performance than he just did. This episode - because it is an episode - is included in a TV show that I have never heard about before.
Le sanctuaire (2015)
Cruel, fierce, realistic, this TV movie reminds the other one I watched ten years ago, or maybe less, directed by Miguel Courtois and speaking of the GAL organization. Here, it is again the ETA terrorist group about which the french and Spanish governments have to argue. Those terrorists assassinate many people and the Spanish leaders ask the french ones to arrest and then send them, to Spain, with everything that means for those men put under custody...Torture, executions...Jérémie Renier plays here an idealistic government man who tries his very best to prevent the arrested terrorists to be brought to the Spanish justice, to their death warrant. And he also fights against the way the french authorities have to authorize the GAL illegal killers to full their slaughter contracts on the french ground. The character portraits are very well drawn but this film leaves you a bad taste in the mouth. Worth watching.
Jamais de la vie (2015)
A true noir gem
Truly terrific, this noir gem from France where the always outstanding Olivier Gourmet gives an awesome performance. A social crime movie indeed, telling the story of a lonely and lost man who struggles to survive, to hope in a hopeless world which has the purpose to crush him, to turn him to pieces. A man who fights for something lost in advance, a man who fights against the ineluctable where no escape is possible. This man is a petty security guard in a large shopping center. He is a former union leader who lost his job because of his rage against the ruthless executives, and he has not changed at all. But he has nothing more to lose. A poignant, touching character for whom I almost wept. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER The ending is very similar to the one you have in RIFIFI, PHOENIX and THE American.
Fernando Di Leo from another side but worth
I won't add much more if you compare with what said the other users. Yes you have to deal here with a brilliant Italian crime flick, which shows us that cinema from the other side of the Alps may be terrific when it dares to. This story of a double abducting involving two children: a poor and a wealthy one, with then the confusion about their family, the poor and the rich one reminds me another little underrated gem named GRACELAND with almost the same scheme. This very one is not so usual among crime movies. GRACELAND was very narrowly released and made in the Philipines. That's all what I will say about it. Interesting films that are not so common these days. The feature from the Philipines are from 2013 although.
Le passé simple (1977)
A brilliant and underrated movie.
It is the best film made by Michel Drach, as far as I know, even if I loved SAFARI DIAMANT, a crime movie. Marie José Nat, the actual life Drach's wife, plays here a woman who, after a car crash, loses his memory, not not entirely although. Only some elements around her child, her husband, her parents. A touching and very intelligent script for this drama made in France. A woman living with her doubts and doing her best to emerge from the pit in which she finds herself thrown. An outstanding performance from Nat and Victor Lanoux who is here her husband. A splendid tale about the couple, trust and faithfulness. I highly recommend it.
Parlez-moi d'amour (1975)
Rebel with a cause
A weird, strange movie speaking of the emptiness of life for a young man in search of himself. His parents are divorced, his father married again with a woman whom the young lead is not very fond of, his mother is afraid to be alone again, and the young man doesn't know what to do to at last love something in life. And above all be loved for himself He tries to date many gals, begins hopeless stories and finally goes nowhere. I would say it's a depressing film, not dark, but so realistic that it is truly painful at some moments. Andrea Ferreol gives here an interesting performance. A story so close to reality. So shame that it was not better released.
I am one more time truly amazed by this episode, the last I will talk about, and speaking of Nazis, even it takes place in the early sixties. A Neo Nazi party leader, played by Robert Vaughn, is attacked by an old man, a Jewish whose family died in the concentration camp. Then, the old man is arrested for attempted murder. And the police force receives the assignment to protect the Nazi leader. Surprising scheme, that may revolt most of us. The Nazi party leader character is very ambivalent, interesting, not only the unavoidable evil man at one hundred percent. Beware the presence of John Davis Chandler, as a Nazi party member, sort of henchman for Robert Vaughn. A very rewarding episode, worth watching. So shame that this tremendous TV show was not longer. Maybe the TV audiences did not like it, because it was different.
Crime flick in costume
An offbeat story for this top quality TV series. Have you read the plot line? It doesn't spoil anything, and that's better. Many elements are not told, so that you may find out by yourself. A gangster story again, with the overwhelming jazzy score, where you are surprised to watch the lead gang boss disguised in Napoleon, no less folks. Gang leader whose life is put in jeopardy by his associates or former colleagues. One more time, characterization is very well described for such a underrated TV show, totally unknown here, in France. Surprising plots and sub plots for sub characters, and not only for the lead detectives and commissioner.
This topic about kidnapping has not been told yet in this series. The son of a wealthy man is abducted and of course a ransom is asked by the ones who grabbed the youngster. As the plot line above said, the father borrows the dol to a friend of his - played here by Paul Stewart. It seems rather the usual scheme, but beware. If you follow with great attention each episode of ASPHALT JUNGLE TV show, you have noticed that every one of them let us be surprised in the second part. This one makes no exception. Just after the ransom has been delivered, all the gang is caught and placed under custody, but the suit case supposed to contain the bullion is full of clothes...The borrowed dol is missing. What's next? Suspicion is everywhere between cops, young man's family, officials, every one. Commissionner is on the spot, for real. A set up? Why, against who? One more crooked cop affair?
À trois on y va (2015)
A delightful little comedy
An unusual scheme, this story of two long time girl friends - more than gay girl friends - in love one to each other, who are also in love with a young man. A love triangle in a sort of reverse way; not the wife, the husband and the lover, but the straight contrary. I loved that. But the only drawback, the weak point of all this is that story, that film is too short for such a tale. The characters are not fully developed, not explained enough. But the purpose is daring and rewarding for the audiences. Anaïs Demoustier and her funny bunny face is cute, soooo cute.... Jérôme Bonnel has already given us LE TEMPS DE L'AVENTURE two years ago, that I commented. Another powerful romance drama.