Into the life of Victor, a middle-aged professional killer, comes Antoine, a young messenger who inadvertently becomes involved in a hit. Victor has no son of his own to pass the family business onto and so takes the naive youngester under his wing as his apprentice. The next assignnment is the glamourous Renee, an art forger who has conned a gangster, but Victor has softened and can't go through with it. The unlikely trio team up and await the inevitable showdown with an unhappy client.
Pierre Salvadori's wickedly funny crime caper features superb central performances with the deadpan Jean Rochefort in one of hsi greatest roles. One of the standout French comedies of the Nineties and now the subject of a British remake.
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a French classic
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/05/2011 19:44:27
I saw this years ago on probably BBC2 or C4 and absolutely loved it, the two leads are ace.
Assassin based 'comedies' are hard to get right (I did like Grosse point blank) and there so many subtle comedy moments in this, with an unforgettable scene near the end.
Anyone who liked (or not) the remake really needs to see this, unless you are unable to read subtitles (optional for French speakers) in which case I truly feel sorry for you.
The remake did not quite work, despite a really good attempt at casting, sorry Emily but lovely as you are cannot compete with Marie Trintignant. It did at least get this released on dvd.
This has not lost an ounce of it's charm, unlike many fondly remembered films that date, as it is real class.
The dvd picture is very clean, much better than I was expecting, which makes this an essential purchase for fans of this film, even with no bonus features worth 5 stars for the film alone.
Hope it gets a blu ray release perhaps in France region B with something added.
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over the moon released at last
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 11/06/2010 20:16:26
I have waited over ten years for one of my all time favourites to be released on dvd, I dont care if it is because of a british remake, it wont be as good. First seen on laserdisc this black comedy is for anyone who likes clever acting and plenty of witty dialogue, it is unlike any other film I can compare it to, I am just smiling at the thought of watching it again!
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