A very cool film that made me want to be a gambler (I was terrible). The story of an American in France is always interesting to me. Immersed in another culture, surviving the way he knows how, I find it very romantic. There's a gorgeous girl, great cinematography, a fine cameo from Ralph Feinnes, and Nick Nolte carrying the picture with style. The supporting cast is amusing and has good chemistry with the star.
It is not better than Melville's "Bob le flambeur", but the relocation to the then present (2002), the music (Goldenthal and the lingering voices of Cohen and Bono), the multi-national cast and, of course, Nick Nolte, make it just about as wonderful of an experience all its own.