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November 15, 2017
A nice French crime film shot in the best traditions of the 60's. The message of this movie if very straightforward: once you are in the "game" there is no way out, there's no such thing as a retired gangster, it's simple as that. The film studies the code of honour among gangsters and makes it in a very interesting and enjoyable manner: the relaxed acting, swift camerawork and refreshing feel of the then still new cinema style make this movie a pleasurable viewing. Belmondo is very handsome in the role of a young smiling thief who still believes in the infallibility of the code of honour in the criminal world.
January 17, 2017
It's like the long drawn-out moody denouement from another film in which Lino Ventura has lived a successful life of crime but which culminated in his escaping from France to live in exile. However, there was no other film! Classe Tous Risques begins abruptly with Ventura seeking to return to Paris after a long exile with his wife and two young kids and a partner. After stealing money for the road and nearly getting caught, they run into tragedy when they are confronted at the border by customs officials and a shoot-out leaves only Ventura and his two boys (7 and 5) alive. So, he calls up his old friends in Paris to come get him out of Nice and back home - but they don't want to know him anymore, now that they are all set up in new profitable lives. They send a hired hand instead, who turns out to be Belmondo, who turns out to be a good egg. He helps Ventura to get the kids taken care of and then they turn their minds to revenge. But Ventura is running out of steam, feeling low, more empty than stoic; Belmondo is full of vigor, falling in love with Sandra Milo, as a counterpoint. The film follows the usual course of French noir, carefully observing the mechanics of each moment, whether it be a heist or a conference amongst gangsters. There's action enough but the mood is sombre. Melville owned this genre but his great films (except Bob le Flambeur, 1956) all came later. Perhaps Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954) and Rififi (1955) are the best earlier examples. Still, this hit the spot.
July 31, 2016
Ah, the French can make those gangster movies laden with Fate, failed loyalties, and - well before the Godfather and the Sopranos - family.
September 25, 2013
The good end happily and the bad unhappily. Plus all you want from a film noir.
½ November 25, 2012
It's tough to make a movie about the consequences of the gangster lifestyle without glamorizing the very thing you set out to critique. This film does not fall into that trap. I should note that the location shooting is stunning.
Super Reviewer
½ January 26, 2012
another terrific french gangster film lost in the wake of the new wave, starring tough guy lino ventura as a career criminal who tries to return to france with his wife and children after 10 years away in italy. when things don't go according to plan, his old friends don't want to upset their quiet respectable lives to help out their former pal and so they send a young thief, jean paul belmondo, to his rescue. belmondo was on the brink of stardom here as this was made immediately after 'breathless,' and the film was highly influential on the work of jean-pierre melville
½ December 16, 2011
A well filmed sequence of interesting events, but lacking a hook, or characters in whom I felt invested, or sufficient narrative drive for me to really call it a story.
½ March 26, 2011
A well filmed sequence of interesting events but lacking a hook or characters in whom I felt invested or sufficient narrative drive for me to really call it a story.
September 30, 2010
Premier succès de Claude Sautet avec Lino Ventura et Jean-Paul Belmondo (qui ne cabotine pas encore). Un excellent polar sur un homme traqué, aux abois et lâché par ses amis. A voir.
September 8, 2010
a stylish french gangster film with an ending that may be seen as anti-climactic... which i characterize instead as quietly tragic, not to mention more 'adult' somehow in its consciousness
August 15, 2010
Brilliant entry in the pantheon of classic french noirs from the 1960s. Expert directing from Claude Sautet and stellar acting make this a stylish and riveting thriller with constant twists and turns. Not to be missed by noir fans or followers of French cinema.
July 16, 2010
Far from a bad film, though it doesn't weigh much compared to the best of the 50's french film noir classics from Jean-Pierre Melville and Jacques Becker.
½ March 4, 2010
Il primo film di Sautet è il più lontano possibile rispetto ciò che sarà Claude Sautet. Anzi Sautet sembra impossesarsi lentamente del suo film (la prima sembra girata da Melville!!!) a mano a mano che lo sfaldamento del protagonista (e del montaggio) lascino spazio all' approfondimento psicologico, terreno più fertile al regista francese. Il gangster con figli a carico, Abel Davos, si scontra con un mondo che non lo accetta più: inseguito dalla polizia, tradito dagli amici, a nulla servirà l' aiuto del giovane Eric Stark. La morte della moglie, il distacco forzato dai figli, la freddezza degli (ex) amici costruisce una gabbia, un mondo in cui il boom economico ha cancellato gli eroi romantici. Abel e Eric sono uniti da un forte senso di lealtà, un codice non scritto che gli altri sembrano aver dimenticato. Il tema della solitudine, della perdita è retto superbamente dalle ampie spalle di Lino Ventura. Il suo personaggio è allo stesso tempo robusto come le regole del gangster impongono da Boogie in poi ma reso vulnerabile dagli accadimenti e dalla vita, bisognoso al limite del commovente. Il personaggio di Eric risulta invece meno convincente, troppo buono, soprattutto se abbinato alla faccia da portiere di albergo a due stelle di Bebel.
Poliziesco atipico contornato di meravigliosi caratteristi e dominato dalla coppia Ventura-Belmondo al loro primo film insieme. La prima metà fenomenale si scioglie inspiegabilmente nel finale, peccato. Resta però la sentenza lapidaria di Davos al viscido ricettatore Gibelin: "Tu sudi l'angoscia, Gibelin, sei caduto così in basso che fai fatica a respirare". Ovazione.
October 20, 2009
There's nothing irritating or stupid or awful about it, it's just so unremarkable. A typical story about a tragic French gangster, does nothing to stand out from similar works by Melville, Dassin, Becker. Not a waste of time, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you just can't get enough French noir (or Jean-Paul Belmondo, whose sauve presence as a secondary character is far more compelling than Lino Ventura in the lead).
July 19, 2009
-- fatalistic, vicious, and sentimental. c'est chic, quoi.
Super Reviewer
½ June 17, 2009
the film begins well, then heads towards one of the most heart wrenching and beautiful second acts ive ever seen on film, and the third act even continues in this leading me to want to give the film at least 4 1/2 stars until an incredibly anti-climatic and disappointing closeout of an otherwise brilliant film. although the film drops an entire star for the horrible ending, i still loved this movie. as a father it was hard to watch but reminded me of how much i love my kids. a gritty crime story with solid performances from belmondo and ventura, highly recommended for anyone into the crime genre.
June 10, 2009
Brilliant entry in the pantheon of classic french noirs from the 1960s. Expert directing from Claude Sautet and stellar acting make this a stylish and riveting thriller with constant twists and turns. Not to be missed by noir fans or followers of French cinema.
April 24, 2009
Totally fine/enjoyable French gangster movie. I can't say that I was blown away by it, but it was fun to see a younger Jean-Paul Belmondo.
April 11, 2009
An exiled criminal is trying to return to France with his family to begin a new life. The semi-hardboiled, documentary-like story is lacking only at the ending which might have been dictated by the censors. It is a bit hard to take J-P Belmondo seriously in his role as a hard fisted criminal. Brilliant cinematography - I probably have never seen such sharp picture in a movie theater before and this was shot in 1959!
½ February 12, 2009
a character study in the french film noir genre, following a gangster who loses everything trying to escape the crime underworld only to get sucked back into it. Sautet's film is not as exciting as some of the more famous french crime flicks, but the relationships the characters have with one another are rarely this well-developed and it's directed with just as much class as any other. oddly-paced at times and with a really light ending, but very worth watching.
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