A Cop (Un Flic) (2013)
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Though not among Melville's classics, "Un Flic" is a pleasure to experience.
Delon and Crenna paint an idealized portrait of masculine camaraderie, one that's exposed at the end of Melville's bracing last testament as a soul-shattering illusion.
A bitter meditation on disenchantment and defeat, as glacial and hermetic as Deneuve's face.
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While still a fine movie in its own right, there is precious little going on in Melville's final offering that followers of his work will not have seen better executed elsewhere. The Delon-Deneuve-Crenna triangle is too perfunctorily sketched to either convince or engage our interest. Of the three leads, Crenna does best, with Deneuve at her most icily vacant and Delon less appealing on the right side of the law. Curiously, the most sympathetically drawn and intriguing characters are in supporting roles: Riccardo Cucciolla's Paul, an ex-bank manager turned robber who reluctantly deceives his wife (Simone Valère) by pretending to be looking for work, and especially Valérie Wilson as Delon's transvestite informer. Worth seeing for a couple of typically excellent heist sequences, the second only marginally spoiled by some rather obvious model work.
melville blends his usual style with a gripping crime story that tracks every detail as parts of the story unfold in almost real time. the only drawback might be the films accessability as it is so intelligently written and filmed that one might have to be almost too smart to track along the way, but those that follow the story will be drawn in. phenomenal film.
Jean-Pierre Melville's final project is a blue-toned caper film with two extended heist sequences and several long stretches without dialogue. Alain Delon (who also starred in Melville's "Le Samourai" and "Le Cercle Rouge") is now a good guy -- a detective on the trail -- and lead criminals Richard Crenna and Michael Conrad are presumably dubbed in French. Catherine Deneuve shows up for a few scenes to look beautiful but feels written into the story as a marketing move.
The most interesting segment is the second heist, an elaborate robbery of a train in motion. Unfortunately, the cost-cutting use of a miniature helicopter and train for the long shots is seriously embarrassing.
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