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Postby Chevalier Bayard » Thu 25 Nov, 2004 23:33

Last night with Nau we've seen 36 Quai Des Orfèvres after Rottweiler's enthousiastic recommandations.

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The trailer had already caught my interrest but thanks Rott enthousiasm I've decided to go see this movie earlier than I thought and ... what can I say except "THANKS !!" :D

What a good surprise this movie has been ! I just had to let you know about it as soon as possible ;)

As it might not rings any bell in foreigners' head, know that the Quai Des Orfèvres is the familiar name for the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paris Police, located at no. 36. In popular parlance, "Quai des Orfèvres" means to the French what "Scotland Yard" means to the British.

Indeed we are here in a thriller, a dark one. The director, Olivier Marchal is a former cop and the story of 36 Quai Des Orfèvres is from real facts from the life of Dominique Loiseau (who is co-writer of the script), former member of the BRI (Brigade de Recherche et d'Intervention = Search and Action Squad, the "anti-gangs" squad) in the mid eighties.

In this movie we follow the struggle between two cops.

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On one hand we have Vrinks, BRI's head. Daniel Auteuil, who is one of the most famous actors in France, offers the audience an amazing performance playing this cop who is found of justice, whatever it costs and whatever the methods are to take down the criminals. To reach his ideal of justice he uses to flirt dangerously with the "dark side" taking risks for his family, his life and his career. Anyway it seems his priorties are still in this order. Like the Vincent Hanna of Heat, he just has two lifes he tries to separate: the one at work and the one at home where he doesn't say anything about his work to his wife (played by the beautifull Valeria Golino), just because he's afraid that might make her run away...

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On the other hand we have Klein, the head of the BRB (Brigade de Répression du Banditisme = Crime Repression Squad, taking care of big robberies and so on) played by a very well known actor, in France but also around the world after a few appearance in Hollywood movies: Gérard Depardieu who seems to have reminded the amazing actor he can be. Depardieu is indeed at his top, playing this ambitious and soured character who reaches power and power only.

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Tensions exist between these two men who used to be friends. They really don't share the same goals regarding their professionnal life but it appears quickly that the problem is moslty located on the private front. We don't know exactly what has happened but it seems that a woman, who is now Mrs Vrink, has been between the two of them, breaking for good their friendship long years ago and creating a scare which is still very sensitive today.

Their boss Robert Mancini, played by André Dussolier (the narrator's voice in Amélie, here playing perfectly again a role quite similar to the one he had in Agents Secrets), makes these tensions get worse when explaining them that he is about to be promoted. As they are both equally qualified, they are in competition for his replacement. The one who will take down a gang of very violent robbers currently holding up to ridicule the police forces, will be the new head of the number 36, Quai des Orfèvres.

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And here you know just the starting plot of this movie which benefits of a really really good script. In addition to this perfect script you have a great casting for the main roles but also for the "background characters" who are for most of them unknown actors who will surely be known in a few movies if they continue to play so well and have the luck again to play in such a great film.

The rythm of the movie is also really good and, very unexpected for this kind of production in France, risks have been taken and ... it pays. This movie really takes you in its story and it's a great journey.

Olivier Marchal is a former cop yes, but more than that he is also a great thriller movies fan. I've used a reference to Heat earlier and, according to some interviews I've read after having seen the movie, it seems that Olivier Marchal totally agrees with me on the fact Heat is one of the best thriller ever shooted if not the best. He said he wanted to something in the same spirit, all things considered and I had indeed been surprised during 36 Quai Des Orfèvres to think a few times about Michael Man's work. We are far from a Collateral or a Heat but 36 Quai Des Orfèvres doesn't have to get redden in front of these masterpieces IMHO.

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Fan, honnest and humble, Olivier Marchal has delivered us a very efficient and striking thriller who deserves to be classified among the best of the genre.

36 Quai Des Orfèvres is letting me hope that maybe France will be back on the thrillers front, which had been quite deserted after a golden age in the 70's with great directors like Jean-Pierre Melville.

I really hope that this movie will be released in foreign countries and that most of you will have the opportunity to see it. An opportunity that I seriously invite you to not miss ;)

5/6 from me and I think I'll see it again soon in theater. Till now the most unexpected and best surprise for me this year :)

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Postby Yomghee » Sat 27 Nov, 2004 02:30

Ok i've seen it last night. It's a good kop film. But the atsmosphere of this film is a little bit insane for me .
The party in the beginning when the mouse arrives is crazy... and at this moment i knew that i'll never smile again during the film :x And more the movie continue more the atmosphere being darker.
Depardieu and Auteuil have fantastic role but the thing i'm a little bit diseapointed is they have too much exagerate the differences between them. We have the good and the bad kop. One darkside, one goodside but none of them greyside.

I put 4/6.

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Postby Chevalier Bayard » Sat 27 Nov, 2004 02:44

On the contrary I think that one of the interresting points of this story is to show how two characters who were a lot much alike have evolved in such different ways.

I don't think there is a good one and a bad one. Klein is just fighting for power in order to forget he will never become the cop he dreamt to be and to forget he also hasn't been able to keep the woman he loved (and still loves). His life seems a total failure and, as he says it to Vrinks he has only his job left. He cannot stand to see this retired too, especially because of the one who has already taken his love...

On the other side Vrinks doesn't follow the rules and meet success where Klein is following the book ... Vrinks has a private life where Klein hasn't and all these facts are linked ... It's far to be just "good and bad"... at least for me...

I really think the characters are very trustable and well written and quite disagree with your point of view Yom'...

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Postby Yomghee » Sun 28 Nov, 2004 03:57

About Vrinks yes but Klein i'm not totally agree.

Chevalier Bayard wrote:On the other side Vrinks doesn't follow the rules and meet success where Klein is following the book ...


Ahem ..."following the books" .... When he explains his strategy to catch the gang in front of Robert Mancini, i don't call that "following the book" , he ignores the laws and kop deontology. And i don't speak about the gang catch misson ... .

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Postby Bradaviel » Sun 28 Nov, 2004 12:18

I give it a 5/6
GREAT movie qith really good acting and superb visuals.
With " the convoyeur" we finally get to see old style hard boiled french polar movies like we used to see in the early 80s or before.
It's been a long time since i sensed that desperated view of the world.

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Postby Albatross » Fri 11 Nov, 2005 13:27

Great film, really enjoyed this! Everything worked together here, great visuals, acting and story... Gonna hve to see it again soon :D

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Postby Wulf » Fri 18 Jul, 2008 23:42

I finally got round to watching this (thanks, chev :D) and really enjoyed it.  I thought the 2 main characters were interesting and well-portrayed, and I'm glad they never truly explained the reason for the friction between them (although there were a couple of moments where they gave some insight)

5/6 for me :D

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Postby Clint008 » Thu 07 Aug, 2008 10:44

A very good french film, it's unusual! One of my favorite movie, with very good actors, Depardieu, Auteuil. A very good thriller that I like very much!!
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