Year Released: 2005
Main Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Paris in Black and White.
Last watched: March 2015
Review Date: April 2015
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Sometimes there are leaps-of-faith in the cinematic world that make you realise what potential we’ve lost with all the whizz-bang blockbusters. This is one such glorious oddity.
Yes, subtitled and yes, you can miss some of the subtlety of the pictures when you’re head down in the words but there’s more than enough of both that are so good you could watch it again. (Indeed, if you watch the DVD extras you very nearly do!)
Jamel is such a down-on-his-luck chap that even though I took a good 20 mins to warm to him I was fascinated enough to keep watching. Rie is… well, I mean, whoa! Such a sublime looking girl who inhabits the character as if she was the mould. I’ve never see these guys before but I’m happy to report that both are engrossing, charming, deep and wonderful actors which, when together, are a combined 14 foot force of nature roaming a silhouetted, b&w Paris like there was nobody else in the world.
Wonderfully told story filmed with equal measure of delicacy and slam-dunk. No kidding, I liked it.
Extras: Good interviews and some weird French humour. I didn’t get it but I smiled anyway. Also a lot of insight into how Luc Besson works.
Watch if on TV?
Qui, c’est ca.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Le Marry? Mais, qui. Je suis qui…..ANGELAAAAAAA!