In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies. Leo Vrinks and Denis Klein are two cops seeking promotion and the imminent departure of the Chief sets the scene for them to compete for the vacant throne. Their competition between them becomes increasingly ruthless and blurs the usual lines of morality until there seems no difference between the police and the criminals they chase. Vrinks, meeting with a source, becomes involved with a murder. Klein seizes the opportunity to up the ante and arranges for the arrest of Vrinks but when he goes further and viciously involves Vrinks’ wife, Camille, revenge is inevitable. —IMDb
Ci fosse stato De Niro, sarebbe stato primo ai botteghini. Invece il film ha incassato pochissimo, nonostante una trama "noir" densa di intrighi, morti e colpi bassi.
A compelling and visceral take on the French Policier, in particular a nod to Le Doulos and Le Circle Rouge. Depardieu, Auteil and Valeria Golino are sublime, Olivier Marchal 's direction is exciting but never overpowers the human elements which centre the story. My favourite French film.