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! :)
Refreshingly unglamorised policier which gives you a real sense of cops on-the-ground. Convincingly rugged and urban, the characters are well formed, believable and allow you to simply accompany them on their day to day lives. Depardieu is particularly on form and charismatic.
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.
Depardieau, excellent as usual, is growing closer to his orgy-clause in the contract. It was probably my fault for not really following along with the plot, but that didn't matter much to me. Pialat's naturalism doesn't come in the way of any forward momentum, especially for a film about people in rooms talking to each other.