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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism


Catherine Breillat provides an uncompromising screenplay for Pialat’s hard-edged crime thriller.

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France 1985
Dir Maurice Pialat
With Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Richard Anconina, Sandrine Bonnaire
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Working from a well-researched screenplay by Catherine Breillat, Pialat switched from anguished autobiography to make a realistically amoral but very idiosyncratic spin on the crime thriller in what is arguably his most commercial film. An unscrupulous detective (Depardieu) takes on a cabal of Tunisian drug dealers and becomes infatuated with a teenager (Marceau) who flirts with both sides of the law.


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