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Thursday, May 22, 2008

L.627 (1992)

Moving his typically elegiac manner into the underfunded, bureaucratic world of a Parisian narc detective, Bertrand Tavernier comes up with a sort of arrondissement-NYPD. Over a year or so, we follow the case load of one particularly smart & honorable flatfoot, the pleasingly rumpled Didier Bezace. Tavernier uses character development and identification, rather than any overarching plot line to draw us in and this works for much of the film, though we tend to run a bit ahead of the tics & twists he tries to play so off-handedly. Still, the illicit allure of wrong-side-of-the-tracks Paris holds considerable interest.

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