Luc Besson (2005)

15 Certificate


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French writer/film-maker Luc Besson crafts a love letter to Paris with this whimsical comedy fantasy. His first directorial project since 1999's Joan of Arc, it uses ravishing black-and-white visuals to capture the city at its most beautiful. In a bittersweet storyline reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life, Amélie's Jamel Debbouze plays a downtrodden petty crook who decides to jump off a bridge after gangsters call in his considerable loans. However, his plans are thwarted by another potential suicide - statuesque blonde Rie Rasmussen (De Palma's Femme Fatale) (2002) - whom he instinctively leaps to rescue. So begins an unconventional and increasingly surreal relationship, as Rasmussen aggressively helps Debbouze to reconstruct his life. Unlike Besson's earlier work, it's emotion rather than action that powers the picture, infusing events with surprising tenderness. Cynics may bridle at the many plot implausibilities and heavy-handed message of self-acceptance, but die-hard romantics will be beguiled - particularly in the moving finale.


Premiere. A petty crook is about to jump off a Paris bridge after gangsters call in his loans. However, his bid to kill himself is undone by another potential suicide - a woman - whom he gallantly saves from drowning herself in the Seine. A tender friendship develops between them and she takes to helping him turn his life around with a vengeance. Romantic comedy drama from director Luc Besson, starring Rie Rasmussen and Jamel Debbouze.

Cast & Crew

André Jamel Debbouze
Angela Rie Rasmussen
Franck Gilbert Melki
Pedro Serge Riaboukine
Le chef des malfrats Akim Chir
Le malfrat #2 Loïc Pora
Le malfrat #3 Jérôme Guesdon
Le planton US Michel Bellot
Le secrétaire US Olivier Claverie
Director Luc Besson
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Jul 2006
Drama Comedy