France, 1958. Gustave Minda, one of the country’s most notorious gangsters, escapes from prison and resolves to make a fresh start. His intention is to flee to another country with Manouche, the woman he loves. But first he needs money, and for that he must take part in one last hold-up. The robbery is a success, but what he doesn’t know is that the police, led by the ruthless Inspector Blot, have laid a trap… —filmsdefrance.com
The French director Alain Corneau made 16 films in a variety of genres, from Série Noire, the bleak, sordid 1979 drama that featured a compelling performance by Patrick Dewaere as a door to door salesman looking for redemption in the wrong places, to Crime D’Amour [Love Crime], the psychological thriller starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier, which opened in French cinemas to critical acclaim a fortnight before his death from lung cancer. “He was a cinema great,” Scott Thomas said, “an absolutely adorable, funny and sharp-witted man.” Corneau was best known internationally for Tous Les Matins Du Monde (All The Mornings Of The World), a delicate, painterly film about the relationship between the Versailles court composer Marin Marais – Gérard Depardieu and his son Guillaume – and his aesthetic teacher Jean de Sainte-Colombe, played by the ever-excellent Jean-Pierre Marielle. First screened at the end of 1991, Tous Les Matins became a word-of-mouth success with over two million… read more
Unimpressive at first, but during the 2½ hours the world and the characters grow on you. All in all it works as a nice homage to not only the original film but to the classic film noir/gangster genre. If you have time for one Corneau, though, it should be one of the grittier kind: 1979's amazing "Serie noire".