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.
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Outstanding tautly directed crime drama with Auteuil and Depardieu both at the top of their game. It would have been helpful if Depardieu's character was more developed but otherwise, this is a great film.
I think a more thorough exploration of Depardieu's character would have made the film more balanced. Its sense of alternating camaraderie and betrayal put it in the same league as films like "Heat" -occasionally electrifying, but could have been so much more..
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.