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! :)
Stunningly acted drama by Pialat with towering performances by two charismatic leads. Pialat films the interiors of the police station with colorful Bressonian sparsity and the transformation of the duo's interaction from abuse (verbal and physical) to amour fou makes its way into the proceedings with unrestrained elegance. Gorgeously shot, this is cinema of fury: of passions, power and fate. Masterpiece!
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.