In order to free his family from financial worries, Marc Duval (Gilles Lellouche – Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Little White Lies, Tell No One), a Frenchman expatriated to Gibraltar, becomes a spy for French customs. From petty trafficking to shady cargo, he progressively wins the trust of Claudio Lanfredi (Riccardo Scamarcio – Loose Cannons), a powerful cocaine importer tied to the dangerous Columbian cartels.
This in-depth immersion in the world of drug trafficking forces Marc to take increasing risks. But, as he rises in the cartel hierarchy, he also discovers easy money, temptation and a luxury lifestyle.
Permanently living on a knife edge, only his lies keep him alive. When the English customs join the game to arrest Lanfredi,
Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.
The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.
“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.
Wild Bunch will also launch Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, in which the Spring Breakers do battle with an
The story is being compared to the 2009 Liam Neeson hit Taken, centering on an ex-con (Mel Gibson) who tries to protect his estranged and troubled 16-year-old daughter from drug dealers trying to kill her. The daughter has not been cast at this time.
Peter Craig (The Town) wrote the screenplay, with Chris Briggs (Shark Night 3D) producing through his Why Not Productions company. The project is being fast-tracked into production, which is scheduled to begin shooting this May in New Mexico, although no distributor has been found at this time.
Mel Gibson most recently starred in Machete Kills, and he will next be seen this summer as a part of the all-star cast in The Expendables 3. Aside from directing the Assault on Precinct 13 remake
The pair, who met on the set of French film "The Apartment" in 1996, have been married for 14 years and have two daughters. Bellucci, best known stateside as Persephone in the "Matrix" sequels, had previously spoken out about the state of her marriage, saying she'd prefer to have respect and loyalty in her union than simply sexual faithfulness.
"In [a deeper partnership], passion stays, but more important is confidence, respect, knowing a man is not just loyal in a sex way, but that they will be there for you. That is more important than just fidelity," the 48-year-old Italian actress and model told The London Times in 2011. "It would be ridiculous to ask [fidelity] of him if I hadn't been there for two months. You can't ask such things as who has he been seeing, what has he been up to? It
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Marion Cotillard in Little White Lies.
Oscar winners Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Marion Cotillard (Contagion) star in the 2011 French import, Little White Lies, a comedy-drama film written and directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One).
Following a motorcycle accident that leaves a charismatic member (Dujardin) of their group in an intensive care unit, a close-knit circle of friends embark on their annual summer getaway to Cap Ferrat in southeastern France. The friends’ sunny beachside idyll quickly becomes the backdrop of heated tensions and outbursts among the old acquaintances as the little white lies just beneath the surface of their relationships reach a boiling point. Among the group is Marie (Cotillard), a bi-curious music scholar; the wealthy Max (Cluzet), who tries to buy the others’ affection; and Eric (Gilles Lellouche, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), an actor whose pompousness hides boyish insecurities.
Newly garlanded Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin will star opposite another member of French film royalty, Vincent Cassel, in a remake of Claude Berri's 1977 romantic comedy One Wild Moment (Un Moment d'Égarement), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Dujardin carried off the prize for best actor in a comedy or musical at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony for his turn in Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist. Thomas Langmann, the producer of that Oscar-tipped paean to Hollywood's golden era, revealed the casting news at the Bafta team event on Saturday.
Langmann said Dujardin and Cassel would play best friends who fall out after one of them begins attracting romantic attention from the other's daughter. One Wild Moment was previously remade by Hollywood in 1984 as Blame it on Rio, with Michael Caine as the
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Written by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The style of brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne might not sound immediately appealing to someone who has never seen one of their films. The Belgians usually avoid working with big stars, glamorous locations or lush orchestrations. Their themes include poverty, unemployment and the everyday struggles of people on the margins. But Cannes Juries love them — Rosetta and The Child are both past winners of the coveted Palme d’Or. This year’s Grand Prix winner, The Kid with a Bike, is another brilliant example of no-frills film-making that grabs you from the shot and makes you care.
That title is reminiscent of Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), but here 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret) has lost both his dad and his beloved vélo. (There’s no mum,
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Photo: Sony Pictures Classics Don't let anyone tell you too much about Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, to know too much is to ruin the experience. However, please allow me to properly prepare you. It's still Almodovar. It's still primarily an art house feature. But if art house ever delved into the world of darkly comic camp this would be that film. Yet, this mixture of content doesn't necessarily play perfectly upon first viewing, at least not without proper expectations. Perhaps a second screening is necessary to properly set the mood as watching it the first time without proper expectations makes for a bit of an up-and-down ride.
Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale", The Skin I Live In revolves around Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a plastic surgeon who's gone "mad scientist" since losing his wife and daughter.
Though Jacques Mesrine was a member of the French Army during the Algerian War and even dabbled in the Quebec Liberation Front, he appears to have been a much more shallow figure than some have claimed, if this film is of any indication. One of his kidnapped victims makes the valid point that if Mesrine truly were a revolutionary, he would’ve taken the lives of his enemies rather than their money.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
Even Mesrine’s partners become increasingly skeptical, particularly Charlie Bauer, who argues that the
Directed by Antti Jokinen
Released by Image Entertainment
This actually isn't the first time Hilary Swank has seen one of her films go direct to DVD after the films "Red Dust" and "Birds of America" suffered the same fate, but surely there was more riding on this horror film from the resurgent Hammer Films about a recently separated doctor who learns her Brooklyn loft isn't quite as wonderful as she thought it would be. "Secretary" screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson co-wrote this film, which co-stars Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lee Pace.
"The Mikado" (1939)
Directed by Victor Schertzinger
Released by Criterion Collection
Directed by Mike Leigh
Released by Criterion Collection
Sold separately, Criterion is making no secret of trying to appeal to Gilbert and Sullivan fanatics with special editions of "The Mikado," a straight-up adaptation of the musical duo's most famous opera, and Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy,
The film follows a couple that has hit such a rut in their relationship that their bedroom activities are limited to crossword puzzle races. So, naturally, they grant each other a night off from their marriage in hopes that it reignites the romantic fire they once had.
As a mumblecore film, its desired effect is that of real-life unfolding right before your eyes. And it works -- in large part to the way director/star Katie Aselton keeps the outcome of this night a mystery to us,
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The Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate
The Plot: A married man (Wilson) is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife.
The Buzz: I’m happy to see, after a four-year hiatus, the Farrelly Brothers are back (Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal) — it’s also nice to see Owen Wilson back to his regular Hollywood hard-working self. I didn’t think the red-band trailer for Hall Pass was as funny as the green-band, but I am still holding out hope that the Farrelly’s and Mr. Wilson are as good a match-up in reality as they are on paper. The supporting cast looks solid, with Jason Sudeikis,
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