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Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

Le Fidèle (original title)
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Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi, a high-flying gangster, and Bibi, a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.

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Michaël R. Roskam
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Cast

Credited cast:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Gigi Vanoirbeek
Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Bibi Delhany
Eric De Staercke Eric De Staercke ... Freddy Delhany
Jean-Benoît Ugeux ... Serge Flamand
Nabil Missoumi Nabil Missoumi ... Younes Bouhkris
Thomas Coumans Thomas Coumans ... Bernard 'Nardo' Delhany
Nathalie Van Tongelen ... Sandra
Fabien Magry Fabien Magry ... Eric Lejeune
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... Prison manager
Stefaan Degand ... Bank manager
Kerem Can ... Bezne
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Monsieur Assa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aïcha Cissé Aïcha Cissé ... Female police officer 2
Vincenzo De Jonghe ... Police Officer 1
Gianni La Rocca Gianni La Rocca ... Mike
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Storyline

When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it's love at first sight. Passionate. Unconditional. Fiery. But Gino hides has a secret. The kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those ones around you. Gino and Bénédicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love. Written by Polly_Kat

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity, violence, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Belgium | France | Netherlands

Language:

French | Dutch

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Racer and the Jailbird See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,513, 6 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,337, 17 May 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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This is Michaël R. Roskam and cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis' fourth collaboration. The previous were: The One Thing to Do (2005), Rundskop (2011) and The Drop (2014). Karakatsanis was also the DP of other three films with Matthias Schoenaerts: Linkeroever (2008), The Loft (2014) and Franky. See more »

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Goes from kind of exciting to very depressing.
17 May 2018 | by steve-266-903132See all my reviews

Well ... It's a very well made film, with a great cast, lead and supporting; it does have a few less than believable aspects to the plot I must say. But the first part is sort of the car racing + heist film you were promised.

Anyway, yeah, the first part is fine - plenty of chemistry between Gigi and Bibi, lots of action, it looks like it's going somewhere ... and then where it goes is rather dark. And then from there, it turns utterly bleak. Forlorn, sad, depressing; you name it. I felt like there was a dark cloud hanging over me afterwards, and I'm surprised my dreams that night weren't darker than they were. I generally like noir, but this was a bit much for me. Some people have a higher tolerance for that sort of thing than I do though. C'est la vie.


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