DIRECTOR: ALAIN CORNEAU
CAST: PATRICK DEWAERE, MYRIAM BOYER, MARIE TRINTIGNANT, BERNARD BLIER
In one of the strangest pairings in film adaptation history, prankish French modernist experimentalist Georges Perec (Life: A User's Manual) writes American pulp bruiser Jim Thompson for the screen, with surprisingly harmonious and sometimes hilarious results. Sacked from his job as a salesman and dumped by his wife for his involvement with an underaged sex worker (Marie Trintignant), Franck Poupart (Patrick Dewaere) signs up for a robbery scheme, only to discover how much worse his luck can get. Dewaere, the too-soon-gone premiere wild man of ‘70s French cinema, gives a live-wire, no-holds-barred performance, playing the entirely-amoral Thompson protagonist to the hilt, his increasingly frenzied star turn driving the film headlong towards derangement. A queasy-funny downer, unmatched as a screen evocation of the purgatorial, sodden Parisian suburbs.
A Rialto Pictures release.