They’re strangers. Adrien, a former high-flying bank robber, recently released from prison and suffering from an incurable form of cancer… Werner, a sniper and ex-legionnaire, presently a mercenary, who has seen it all, from Angola to Sarajevo. He is driven by suicidal madness… ~A contract brings them together in Bucharest: a rigged attack on a Romanian general standing for election, an attack during which they will let themselves be killed. In return, a million dollars in cash each. Enough to ensure Adrien’s family’s future and to give Werner one last opportunity to face death head on… The journey begins tensely. Everything sets them apart, with only their imminent death in common. Yet, the ice slowly breaks. A friendship without a future is the only friendship possible for these two men. After their past experiences, they know they’re condemned but they never once imagined what awaits them… —IMDb
Director, producer, and screen-writer Alexandre Arcady, born in 1947 in Algiers, has dedicated his life’s work to the theater and film. Getting his start as director of the Theater of Suresnes, France, he then launched his career in cinema, producing a film by his wife, Diane Kurys called Diabolo Menthe, a story about adolescence.
In 1979 he directed his first feature length film, Le Coup de Sirocco, the first of a successful trilogy, followed by Le Grand Pardon I and Le Grand Pardon II. In Le Coup de Sirocco with Roger Hanin and Patrick Bruel, we see a film whose inspiration is a very personal one, about the immigration of the lower-middle class “pied-noir” (black feet, the name given to Algerians of European origin) at the time of repatriation (after the independence of Algeria in 1962). On the other hand, Le Grand Pardon takes us into the heart of the Jewish mafia. As he comes from a family that was “repatriated” to France from Algeria, he has strong ties to his roots as… read more