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See How They Fall (1994)

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Yvon Back, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Director: Jacques Audiard
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Genre: Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, France, Crime
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

This French crime thriller was the directorial debut of screenwriter Jacques Audiard and won three CÚsars. Jean Yanne stars as Simon Hirsch, a bored, middle-aged salesman who accompanies his best friend, cop Mickey (Yvon Back), on a stakeout for the sake of excitement. When Mickey is shot and put into a coma, Simon sets aside his job and family in order to catch the would-be killers. In a parallel story that takes place a few years earlier, a thug and gambler named Marx (Jean-Louis Trintignant) teaches a simple-minded youth named Johnny (Mathieu Kassovitz) the finer points of thug life, including shakedowns and professional hits. The paths of Marx and Johnny don't cross with that of Simon until the film's surprising climax. ~ All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Love (unusual) and Thrills (subtle) by talltale February 8, 2008 - 8:16 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This early film by Jacques Audiard has a terrific cast and is a strange and wonderful "love" story/thriller--though nothing like anything you'd find in an American movie. None of the characters are all that likable and yet each finally demands (and obtains) a degree of decency in the eyes of his fellows -- and the viewer. The film is marred only by an unnecessary narration that Audiard, had he had a few more movies under his belt, would have undoubtedly found a way to avoid. Otherwise, this is a crackerjack example of odd French filmmaking.

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