Directed by Cédric Jimenez
Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre's wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French Connection, a highly organized operation that controls the city's underground heroin economy and is overseen by the notorious —and reputedly untouchable— Gaetan Zampa. Fearless, determined and willing to go the distance, Pierre plunges into an underworld world of insane danger and ruthless criminals.
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★★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Revolving around the other side of the same drug network but done in the style of a Michael Mann film a la Heat, The Connection makes for an incredibly engaging viewing, with terrific performances, stunning cinematography, sharp dialogue, and tense violence and action.
★★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
1975. Marseilles, France is the heroin capital of the world. The French Connection organization are making money like crazy, killing any opossition and operating invisible to the police. Until Jean Dujardin is assigned the Organized Crime unit and ordered to let them know that the party is over. Epic crime film based on a true story. Great script and performances. But it's the direction from Cedric Jimenez that impressed me the most. Great soundtrack too.
★★★★ review by James Christopher Lawrence on Letterboxd
I have to be honest in saying that La French brings nothing new to the table. But I can say it's a crime film with a heart and passion at its core. I enjoyed it a lot. The crime genre is probably my favourite when it comes to cinema and this is a welcome addition.
★★★★ review by Niall Blackie on Letterboxd
The story behind the film The French Connection told from the French side is a brooding and powerful piece. We watch as the French police battle for years to not only help stop the drugs being trafficked to America but also clean up their own streets.
Jean Dujardin proves that he can do talking parts as well as he does silent parts, he really was magnetic as the prosecutor out to bring down 'The French' and clean up Marseilles. He has many fine supporting performances, notably Lellouche as the big bad. The film also boasts a fantastic soundtrack which helps set up every scene fantasticly.
It could be argued that the plot becomes a little confusing at times however, it maintains it's composure and delivers a fantastic foreign film.
★★★★½ review by Nazeer Vawda on Letterboxd
I just can't get this film out of my head. it was absolutely fantastic, with what is probably the best soundtrack of the year. It's as if Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese gt together and made a film.
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