Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Vincent Cassel
Director: Jean-François Richet Cast: Vincent Cassel
Vincent Cassel
, Cécile De France
Cécile De France
, Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
Jean-François Richet

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This tough and gritty French-language crime drama represents the premier installment in a two-part series of features on the life and doings of notorious Gallic hood Jacques Mesrine (1936-1979). Mesrine is played, in both installments, by actor Vincent Cassel, who reportedly underwent massive weight gain and weight loss to convincingly portray the volatile Mesrine at various periods of his life. Director Jean-François Richet begins in 1979, with Mesrine's uncommonly violent death, whereby he and a beautiful young woman are suddenly (and fatally) ambushed by Parisian police not far from Mesrine's place of birth. Richet then flashes back to the Franco-Algerian War of the late '50s and a brutal interrogation undergone by Mesrine. Following a military discharge, Mesrine returns to his parents' suburb of Clichy, where his dad has arranged a pathetic job for him in a lace-making factory. Never one to take humiliation lying down, Jacques perceives burglary, larceny, and racketeering as much-superior options and decides to pursue a life of crime via a "business partnership" with childhood buddy Paul (Gilles Lellouche), who works for mobster Guido (Gérard Depardieu). As the years pass, Jacques works his way up through the ranks of the underworld; via Paul, he also meets and falls hard for two women: Pigalle streetwalker Sarah (Florence Thomassin), and Sofia (Elena Anaya), a beautiful Spanish woman with whom he cohabitates after doing time in a French prison. Following a brief and unsuccessful attempt to "go straight," Jacques reconnects with Guido, then finds it necessary to escape from France to Canada with his new mistress, Jeanne (Cécile De France). Unfortunately, another prison sentence is waiting for him there, replete with brutal solitary confinement, but the possibility of a daring escape beckons. The second half of the Mesrine saga, entitled Mesrine: L'Énnemi Public No. 1 for French release, followed immediately after and picks up where this installment wraps.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2011
UPC: 0705105742854
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Music Box Films
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 37,207

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Cassel Jacques Mesrine
Cécile De France Jeanne Schneider
Gérard Depardieu Guido
Roy Dupuis Jean-Paul Mercier
Gilles Lellouche Paul
Elena Anaya Sofia
Michel Duchaussoy Mesrine's Father
Myriam Boyer Mesrine's Mother
Florence Thomassin Sarah
Ludivine Sagnier Sylvia Jeanjacquot
Gérard Lanvin Charlie Bauer
Samuel Le Bihan Michel Ardouin
Olivier Gourmet Commissioner Broussard
Georges Wilson The Billionaire
Anne Consigny Mesrine's Lawyer
Laure Marsac Interviewer
Alain Fromager Journalist

Technical Credits
Jean-François Richet Director,Screenwriter
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Antoinette Boulat Casting
Eric Catelan Cinematographer
Dominique Coladant Makeup
Jean Cottin Associate Producer
Abdel Raouf Dafri Screenwriter
Daniel Delume Executive Producer
Robert Gantz Cinematographer
Emile Ghigo Production Designer
Francois Groult Sound/Sound Designer
Gerard Hardy Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Langmann Producer
Jean Minondo Sound/Sound Designer
Emmanuel Montamat Associate Producer
Virginie Montel Costumes/Costume Designer
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen Makeup
Loic Prian Sound/Sound Designer
Maxime Remillard Cinematographer,Co-producer
Andre Rouleau Co-producer
Herve Schneid Editor
Laurent Sivot Production Manager
Patrick Vilain Makeup
Alexandre Widmer Sound/Sound Designer

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