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Classe Tous Risques (The Criterion Collection)
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"This man was Abel Davos, sentenced to death in absentia," we're told. "On the run for years, he had watched his resources dwindle, even as his anxiety kept him on the move. With the Italian police closing in each day, France was again his best bet. Maybe he'd been forgotten."
Davos was a top gangster in Paris who took care of his friends. That was several years ago. A heist to give him money to return to France goes very wrong. Now he's hiding out with his two kids. He calls his friends in Paris to help him out. He and his kids need to get from Nice to Paris but the police are hunting him and they've set up roadblocks. For Davos' two best friends, time has passed and they've moved on. They don't want to put themselves at risk, and for what? Obligation gives may to caution. So they hire a young thief, Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo), to pick up Davos and the children in an ambulance, then to drive to Paris with Davos heavily bandaged and the children hidden.Read more ›
A criminal on the run (Abel Davos) finds going home after a decade is harder than he expects. Davos (Lino Ventura) is wanted for murder in France, and has been living underground in Italy for ten years. Since then, Abel has married Therese (Simone France) and fathered two sons, and once he's decided it's time to come home. Abel has planed a well zealous scheme in which he'll steal a fortune to finance his journey and head home with Therese and the boys, but the fate paves its way and ruins what it was planned, so when he arrives in Paris without his wife and running from the law with two kids in tow. An underworld boss who owes Abel some favors helps him put together a plan to travel across France in an ambulance to avoid suspicion, and recruits a headstrong young gangster, Eric (Jean-Paul Belmondo), to serve as Abel's driver and right-hand-man. En route, Abel tries to settle some old score with criminal associates who betrayed him.
As you may expect, the presence on stage of two remarkable first-rate actors like Lino Ventura and the rising star by then - Jean Paul Belmondo - ignite the screen in this tragic Noir in which nothing is going right and where all the odds are against him. Every step he makes seems to be hovered by a tragic spell and so he decides to take a personal revenge to end with his supposed friends. Stark helps him but it's obvious he feels for Davos a strange fascination and visible admiration by his cold-blooded behavior. Nevertheless the fatal game began and nothing will stop it.
Based on a novel by Jose Giovanni, Classe Tous Risques was the first feature film from Sautet, who previously worked as an assistant director for some of France's most prestigious filmmakers.
to be made by a mature hand. A very good and well-mounted black and white crime story with the rock-like Lino Ventura supported by the charming and under-playing Jean-Paul Belmondo about criminals who do not hesitate to pull the triggers yet a human at heart among families and friends. It is about friendship, loyalty, betrayal, tragedy and crime rarely rewards with an abrupt and befitting ending. A fine film still stands solid after over 50 years.
The set up is fantastic, but the closing act of the film struggles to find a clean resolution. Nonetheless, this gem of a crime film is worth watching for fans of these actors.
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If you enjoy gangster movies but haven't discovered the French crime oeuvre, this picture (translated as Consider All Risks) is a perfect introduction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric O. Allstrom
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.Published on December 16, 2011 by Michael Harbour
This is a classic French film noire starring Leno Ventura. Being film noire, things don't end well. Jean-Pierre Melville directed this crime-gone-wrong.Published on November 17, 2009 by Paul Kao
Lino's brute menace is tempered with a paternalistic edge and an almost goofy Belmondo provides a neat counterbalance in this low-key but tough noir that looks great on this DVD. Read morePublished on August 30, 2008 by EddieLove
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