Dir. Maurice Pialat. 1985, 113 mins. 35mm. With Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Sandrine Bonnaire. Sophie Marceau was a teen idol, thanks to the wildly popular La Boum movies, when she decided to shed the shiny pop image and partner with the eternally prickly Pialat—an unlikely pairing which led to remarkable results. Inspector Mangin (Depardieu) is working to crack a drug ring when he falls in with a dolorous moll, Noria (Marceau), and loses his head. Co-screenwriter Catherine Breillat submerged herself in the lower depths of the cops-and-crooks milieu to lend the film its documentary detail, while Depardieu gave it its basis of total emotional conviction, which earned him a Best Actor award from the Venice Film Festival.
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