Louise: You're not the only one that had an unhappy childhood, there are millions like you, and, in my eyes, *they* are the tough ones, not you!
A brilliant film noir, about four men pulling off a heist and the aftermath of the event. Made in 1954, this is one of the first caper films and one of the most immitated. You can easily see references made in films like Reservoir Dogs, Ocean's 11, The Score, and many others.
Directed by Jules Dassin who, at that time, had been blacklisted from Hollywood, creates a great film, set in France with a great attention to detail.
The film centers on a man who has just been released from jail for robbery, only to join another group of men for another heist.
The heist takes place around the middle of the film. It is a 30 minute sequence, with no score or dialogue, comprised only of breathing and various noises from the setting. Its a great sequence to watch.
The rest of the film is equally well done, with the various characters all given a good amount of depth.
The tone of the film is very dark. There is a lot of violence and bloodshed. This is a film about criminals, and the film isn't afraid to show a certain level of realism concerning that topic.
As the story unfolds, especially after the heist, I was more and more engrossed in what was going to happen.
It also looks great. France is shown in such a dark way, while being captured beautifully.
The interaction between characters is well done, with a mix of humorous, cold, and witty lines exchanged constantly.
The whole film is so well done, it is easily one of the best all time noirs.