Detective Mangin (Depardieu) is a Parisian cop who specializes in interrogations, using intimidation to the point of sadism. His efforts to bust a Tunisian drug racket go awry, however, when he falls into an affair with a sultry, defiant liar (Marceau), who is the girl of one of the criminals.
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Somehow Pialat and Breillat manage to make it feel as though there is no structure to what we are seeing and yet unravel a variety of different narrative strands. A very powerful film as always and Depardieu is great. As an added note, I'd love to see L' Enfance Nue here, as I missed it the first time round! :)
Pialat's themes of machismo and sex are at home in a Parisian police station. While some viewers may find offence at the way Arabs are portrayed, these characters are by no means caricatures! Depardieu is imposing as the pitiful Goliath, indulging in a web of lies but allowing himself to finally trust. Forget the police, the subplots and action - this is what the films about, so don't lose focus.
Depardieu as we all prefer to remember him - young, hungry; a tough exterior but vulnerable. Some compelling performances but this would have worked better today as a TV series 'flic'. More time for character development and sub plots. sadly the underlying racism would remain the same...
Un "film de genre" inhabituel chez Pialat, qui vaut le coup d'œil pour son trio Depardieu / Marceau / Anconina. On sait que le tournage a été difficile, surtout pour la pauvre Sophie que le méchant Maurice a rendu bien malheureuse (elle n'a pas non plus aimé les vraies baffes de Gégé)... mais le résultat brille par son réalisme. Hélas, un rythme inégal et de trop longs interrogatoires plombent l'ensemble... (3,5)
Intéressant travail du réalisateur qui manque malheureusement d'un brin de folie ou de démesure quant à l'éclairage des sentiments liant les deux principaux protagonistes. Pialat est décidément imprévisible... www.cinefiches.com