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The First, the Last (2016)

Les premiers les derniers (original title)
Two bounty hunters (Albert Dupontel and Bouli Lanners) are looking for a cell phone in the french countryside. They meet cowboys, fools and Jesus.

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Bouli Lanners

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Bouli Lanners (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dupontel ... Cochise
Bouli Lanners ... Gilou
Suzanne Clément ... Clara
Michael Lonsdale ... Jean-Berchmans
David Murgia ... Willy
Aurore Broutin Aurore Broutin ... Esther
Philippe Rebbot Philippe Rebbot ... Jésus
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Le chef des chasseurs
Lionel Abelanski ... L'homme de l'entrepôt
Virgile Bramly ... Le teigneux
Max von Sydow ... Le croque-mort
Fabrice Adde ... Le type au bar
Pascale Wouters Pascale Wouters ... La barmaid
Sybille Blouin Sybille Blouin ... La femme de ménage
Loredana Flori Loredana Flori ... La femme de ménage 2
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Two bounty hunters (Albert Dupontel and Bouli Lanners) are looking for a cell phone in the french countryside. They meet cowboys, fools and Jesus.

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

27 January 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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2.35 : 1
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Belgian Noir
12 July 2016 | by BNesterSee all my reviews

The First, the Last is a Belgian film noir in which all the characters are seedy lowlifes. A moron couple are on the run, but also searching for a child they seem to know little about. Two tough older losers are being paid by a gangster to find a missing cellphone. The two pairs interact with each other and with another gang of local thugs.

Why should we care? Because each of the main characters has a distinct and interesting personality which is revealed through their dialogue and reactions. And because the film is full of quirky insights and unexpected sidetracks. And because the characters change and grow as the film progresses.

The photography is outstanding: Belgium is shown as unrelentingly gloomy, grey, rainy, flat, dirty, squalid... and that's in the daytime shots.

There are two unexpected cameo appearances by veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow and by Jesus, both speaking French!

There are a few loose ends in the film. For example, at one point one of the cellphone hunters is hosted by a local woman and her daughter. A large wounded deer collapses in front of her house. (We never find out who shot the deer.) Although the women have a shotgun, they give it to their guest and insist that he put the animal out of its misery. Once killed, they load it onto the man's pickup truck. Why don't they eat it? Nobody in this film has much money.

As is inevitable these day, some of the takes run on too long. But the viewer is seldom bored.


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