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Melody for a Hustler (1998)

Cantique de la racaille (original title)
A small-time crook Gaston who poses as a millionaire after he picks up hitchhiking 16-year-old Marie-Pierre. Actually living in a seedy apartment, he deals in stolen goods, but he soon ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Ravalec

Writers:

Vincent Ravalec (novel), Vincent Ravalec (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvan Attal ... Gaston
Virginie Lanoué Virginie Lanoué ... Marie-Pierre
Yann Collette Yann Collette ... Gilles
Benaïssa Ahaouari Benaïssa Ahaouari ... Saïd (as Benhaïssa Ahouari)
Samy Naceri ... Joël
Marc Lavoine ... Bruno
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... Patricia
Jean-Louis Richard ... Alexandre
Brigitte Sy ... Véronique
Denis Lavant ... L'auto-stoppeur
Marilyne Canto ... Marianne
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Jean-Claude
Dominique Marcas ... La vieille de l'immeuble
Olivier Gourmet ... Le dépanneur
Mick Gondouin ... Franck (as Michel Gondoin)
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A small-time crook Gaston who poses as a millionaire after he picks up hitchhiking 16-year-old Marie-Pierre. Actually living in a seedy apartment, he deals in stolen goods, but he soon climbs to bigger heists, including car thefts. Concealing his illegal activities, he operates his company, Extramill, out of upscale, posh offices, while he and Marie-Pierre move into a sedate upper-middle-class neighborhood. Life is sweet, but the onset of paranoia, kinky sex activities, and police probes eventually culminate in violence.

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Comedy | Drama

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Ring in the new year!
19 March 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

Under a pompous title (riffraff canticle), this film suffers from a very weak screenplay in which no one, particularly Yvan Attal and his decorative and listless partner , can grab the viewer .Although his character is in -more or less-illegal business, nobody at all ,in this flick was in the business of supplying acidity ,bite,savor,poetry -unless the hot love scenes count- .

Yann Colette and his strange face ,as well as some offbeat sequences (that of the hitch-hiker),prevents one of falling into a state of lethargy ,but humor is definitely lacking.The story is divided into chapters ,corresponding to the twelve months of the year ;in fact every month could be the beginning of the film .


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 October 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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