On the Run: Trilogy 1 (2002)



Critic Consensus: Gripping, fast moving thriller. Best seen with the other parts of the trilogy.

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Inspired by Lawrence Durrell's collection of interrelated novels, The Alexandria Quartet, Lucas Belvaux's trilogy--the violent noir On the Run, the romantic comedy An Amazing Couple, and the melodrama After the Life, examine many of the same characters from three distinct perspectives. In On the Run, taciturn leftist revolutionary Bruno (Belvaux) escapes from prison with the help of one of his former comrades. When his partner is killed by the police, Bruno tracks down another former member of his gang, Jeanne (Catherine Frot), who is now living a quiet, respectable life as a schoolteacher, with a husband and a young son. Bruno is determined to get revenge on the powerful man who betrayed his revolution. Jeanne doesn't want to live in the past. She offers Bruno enough help to get rid of him. Trying to trap his prey, Bruno follows a drug dealer who works for the man. He meets Agnes (Dominique Blanc), a junkie who happens to be the wife of the cop, Pascal (Gilbert Melki) who's hunting Bruno. Bruno ends up helping Agnes avoid the police and cop a fix. In return, she takes him to the vacation home of her co-worker, Cecile (Ornella Muti), where he hides out. But when his plans for revenge go horribly awry, Bruno turns to Jeanne again, and she has to weigh her family's safety against her allegiance to her old friend. While On the Run focuses on Bruno and Jeanne, An Amazing Couple is centered on the paranoid Cecile, who hires Pascal to watch her husband, while After the Life deals with the damaged marriage of Agnes and Pascal. The trilogy was shown at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Magnolia Pictures


Catherine Frot
as Jeanne Rivet
Dominique Blanc
as Agnes Manise
Ornella Muti
as Cecile Costes
Gilbert Melki
as Pascal Manise
Patrick Descamps
as Jacquillat
Christine Henkart
as Madame Guiot
Jean-Henri Roger
as the neighbour
Olivier Dairmont
as Frances Rivet
Elie Belvaux
as Jean's son
Patrick Deschamps
as Jaquillat
Herve Livet
as Jean-Jean
Eric Vassard
as henchman
as bodyguard
Thomas Badek
as bodyguard
Herve Peyrard
as ONF guard
Lucas Belvaux
as Bruno Le Roux
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Critic Reviews for On the Run: Trilogy 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (17)

Runs into some problems but is redeemed by a powerful finish.

July 15, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The most cinematic of the three films.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

The most complex of the three, Life is also the most powerful and revelatory.

May 27, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Bruno's domination of the first installment contributes to its being the least appealing.

Full Review… | May 21, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An ambitious experiment that makes for a more satisfying intellectual puzzle than it does an involving narrative.

May 20, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Sharp, fast-paced and eminently logical.

Full Review… | May 7, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for On the Run: Trilogy 1

You know it's hard out here for a lonely fugitive in this thriller, the first in a trilogy of interlocking stories and themes. As with all three films, the whole is greater than its parts, but on its own, 'On the Run' comes deliciously hard-boiled.

C.J. Arellano
C.J. Arellano

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