The Connection

The Connection

Cedric Jimenez (2014)

124min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This fact-based thriller tells the story of The French Connection from the Gallic perspective, focusing on the attempts by police in the 1970s and 80s to stop the export of heroin through Marseilles. The Artist's Jean Dujardin plays it straight as the committed cop who embarks on an Eliot Ness-style crusade to bring down charismatic kingpin Gilles Lellouche. The fact that both men have wives and families adds an extra - and ultimately tragic - dimension to this fitfully violent game of cat and mouse. Director Cédric Jimenez grew up in Marseilles and demonstrates a good eye for the period and place, with the sun-bleached locations acting in stark contrast to the bleak Big Apple portrayed in William Friedkin's 1971 film. But despite sympathetic performances from the two main players, this sprawling crime epic delivers barely enough tension to hold the interest to the end.

Summary

Premiere. A magistrate in 1970s Marseilles orchestrates a campaign to bring a notorious drug kingpin to justice. The criminal in question masterminds a heroin smuggling operation between France and the US, and as he continues to stay one step ahead of the law, the magistrate is forced to question if his obsessive pursuit is putting his family in danger. Fact-based crime thriller, starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche. In French and Italian.

Cast & Crew

Pierre Michel Jean Dujardin
Gaetan `Tany' Zampa Gilles Lellouche
Jacqueline Michel Celine Sallette
Christiane Zampa Melanie Doutey
Le Fou Benoit Magimel
Jose Alvarez Guillaume Gouix
Gaston Deferre Feodor Atkine
Franky Manzoni Moussa Maaskri
Director Cedric Jimenez
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Other Information

Language: French, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: PicturehouseGuidance: violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 29 May 2015
Drama