This uncompromising French gangster film arrives festooned with praise, and has already evoked comparisons with the crime epics of Coppola and Scorsese. The two films which combine to tell this lacerating story are both fascinating examples of the genre, but also a provocative examination of the nature of celebrity — something that the violent and charismatic Mesrine himself cultivated. Of course, films such as this stand or fall on the strength of the performance of the leading man, and here Vincent Cassel delivers the portrayal of a lifetime.

MESRINE 1 and 2

Jean-Francois Richet, director/Momentum

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