36 Quai Des Orfevres (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner31/05/2006

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 110 mins

Gripping thriller that works as a sort of French Heat. This has superb shoot-outs, a strong script and two terrific central performances from Auteuil and Depardieu.

What’s it all about?
Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu play Leo Vrinks and Dennis Klein, two French cops who are both assigned to take down a brutal gang of armed robbers, with the understanding that whoever nails the gang first will get promoted. However, Klein botches the arrest, which results in the death of Vrinks' best friend and the rest of the department turning against him.

Meanwhile, Vrinks is blackmailed by an old informant into providing him with an alibi and when Klein finds out, he decides to take Vrinks down, with tragic results.

The Good
The description of 36 as a sort of French Heat is, for once, not too far off the mark. It has a decent script, some genuinely exciting shoot-outs and the mouth-watering prospect of France's two finest male actors facing off against each other.

Both Auteuil and Depardieu are superb and it’s a treat to see them reunited onscreen, 20 years after Jean de Florette. The tension between them is palpable as each character struggles for the upper hand. There’s also strong support from Valeria Golino (as Vrinks’ wife) and André Dussollier as their boss.

The Great
Director and co-writer Marchal creates an extremely intense atmosphere and ensures that things are constantly moving in unexpected directions. There are a number of terrific moments in the film including one upsetting scene involving a Mini, and it also has great lines.

Worth seeing?
In short, 36 is an extremely enjoyable thriller, with a strong script and superb performances. Highly recommended.

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