Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:
36 Quai des Orfèvres (15)
Dir: Olivier Marchal. (2004) France; 111 min.
’36 Quai des Orfèvres’ is a 2004 French film starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu. The film takes place in Paris, where two cops are competing for the vacant seat of chief of the Direction Régionale de Police Judiciaire de Paris while involved in a search for a gang of violent thieves. The film is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years in the French police before creating this story, which in part is taken from real events which occurred during the 1980s in France. The film was nominated for eight César Awards. (*)
In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies. Leo Vrinks and Denis Klein are two cops seeking promotion, and the imminent departure of the Chief sets the scene for them to compete for the vacant throne. The competition between them becomes increasingly ruthless and blurs the usual lines of morality, until there seems no difference between the police and the criminals they chase. Vrinks, meeting with a source, becomes involved with a murder. Klein seizes the opportunity to up the ante and arranges for the arrest of Vrinks, but when he goes further and viciously involves Vrinks’ wife, Camille, revenge is inevitable. (**)
“A couple of days ago I saw the trailer of “36 Quai des Orfèvres” and I decided to buy the DVD. What a powerful movie it is, probably the best police story that I have recently seen. The dramatic and amoral story is a contemporary film-noir, with action, betrayal, shootings and hooks the attention from the beginning to the end. There is a great duel between two titans: Gérard Depardieu, in the role of a scum detective, and Daniel Auteuil, playing a detective with non-conventional procedures, and they both deserved nomination to the Oscar for such brilliant performances. The music score, with the song “Don’t Bring me Down”, is also wonderful. The grandiosity of “36 Quai des Orfèvres” recalled me 1995 “Heat”, one of the best police stories of the 90’s.” (**)
You can watch a clip of the film here.
(**) Internet Movie Database