L’instinct de mort
France/Canada/USA/Spain/England/Algeria, 2008, 132 minutes
Mon, Mar 4 / 9:15 / Clay / MES104Y Part 2
Wed, Mar 6 / 9:00 / Clay / MES206Y Part 2
This two-fisted, two-part epic charts the remarkable 20-year crime spree of Jacques Mesrine, France’s public enemy number one. With Vincent Cassel’s magnetic performance as its anchor, Jean-François Richet’s star-studded film rockets through Mesrine’s life with abandon—it’s biopic meets white-knuckle thriller. Each of the two parts is an autonomous, fully realized film; they are equally impressive experienced in order or reversed, as a set or as a singular cinematic experience. In Part Two, Mesrine’s celebrity only increases as a gangster, would-be revolutionary and megalomaniacal media hound of the 1970s. Mesrine is by now so proudly notorious that he becomes enraged when Pinochet’s coup pushes him below the fold of the newspapers’ front pages. Meanwhile, his gleefully elaborate and heedless ideas alarm even his partners, as Paris police form a special anti-Mesrine unit to finally bring him down. Both exciting and historically meticulous, Mesrine is a fitting tribute for this celebrity criminal.