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Le deuxième souffle (2007)

Gu, a famous gangster, has just escaped from jail. All french police is after him. Before leaving the country with Manouche, the woman he loves, Gu needs a final job to get some money. The job works, but a police's scheming makes Gu appear as a traitor to his own accomplices. Gu will do whatever it takes to clean his honor...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Gustave 'Gu' Minda
Monica Bellucci ... Simona - dite 'Manouche'
Michel Blanc ... Commissaire Blot
Jacques Dutronc ... Stanislas Orloff
Eric Cantona ... Alban
Daniel Duval ... Venture Ricci
Gilbert Melki ... Jo Ricci
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Antoine
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Pascal
Philippe Nahon ... Commissaire Fardiano
Jean-Paul Bonnaire Jean-Paul Bonnaire ... Théo, le passeur
Francis Renaud ... Letourneur
Stéphane Brel Stéphane Brel ... Poupon
Philippe Chaine Philippe Chaine ... Godefroy
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Chef
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Gu, a famous gangster, has just escaped from jail. All french police is after him. Before leaving the country with Manouche, the woman he loves, Gu needs a final job to get some money. The job works, but a police's scheming makes Gu appear as a traitor to his own accomplices. Gu will do whatever it takes to clean his honor... Written by Anonymous

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French

Release Date:

24 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Decydujacy skok See more »

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€24,000,000 (estimated)
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Monica Bellucci decided to bleach her hair blonde for her role to give her role more of a "gangster" feel to it. See more »

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When Gu is traveling by bus from Paris to Marseille, a modern day car can be seen through the window. See more »

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Version of Le Deuxième Souffle (1966) See more »

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A very weak pastiche
20 November 2011 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

The gangster genre under Melville was always a little philosophical, a little Sartrean, as it examined the motives of men in the world of crime. It added an extra chic to an otherwise American style of story telling set amongst alleys and bars and clouds of cigarette smoke.

That style can also lead into pretentiousness, as though the thinness of the story and the genre form of the characters can be raised to higher art if it is treated as long drama. But to do that, deeper themes need exploring, the capacity to be a writer, a filmmaker, of real effect is required and that is not possible in the strict genre of gangster movies.

Unfortunately what is on offer here is simple but overly long. It's pompous. It seems as if there might be something more to it but there isn't. The story has been seen many times before and this treatment at two and half hours could be cut by 40 minutes without any loss. The extra tracking shots; the shots with the cars all leaving a street in real time could be cut because we know what happens, the cars go to another place. Easy. The windy long dialog, which is not very engaging could be shortened and made tougher just like gangster pictures were once made. These are men talk in stabs and gunshots.

But of greater weakness is the entire ensemble cast and especially Auteuil who should never have been chosen, he brings too many other roles to this and he lacks the beady eyed killer instinct. Bellucci is not very involved but for her Brigitte Bardot hairstyle and Dutronc does what Dutronc often does.

Consequently the hats take over as every male has one and the lighting is all yellow and green filter throughout perhaps to represent the past so the overall effect is like an adults comic book, or some other pastiche of the genre because the story may be too tired and unable to be delivered straight.

The feeling when it's over and done is also faintly philosophical: two and half hours have passed and you are older but perhaps no wiser for losing the time.


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