Gu, a famous gangster, has just escaped from jail. All french police is after him. Before leaving the country with Manouche, the woman he loves, Gu needs a final job to get some money. The job works, but a police’s scheming makes Gu appear as a traitor to his own accomplices.
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Unimpressive at first, but during the 2½ hours the world and the characters grow on you. All in all it works as a nice homage to not only the original film but to the classic film noir/gangster genre. If you have time for one Corneau, though, it should be one of the grittier kind: 1979's amazing "Serie noire".