Not quite film noir BUT...,
This review is from: B. Monkey (DVD)Still an interesting and entertaining bit of filmmaking. B. Monkey (played with a ferocious sensitivity by Asia Argento) is trying to leave the game and live the life of a solid, respectable citizen. 2 large problems stand in her way: Paul and Bruno (Rupert Everett and Jonathan Rhys Meyers), her old standbys and partners from her life as a smash and grab thief.
There's such an involved dynamic between B./Paul/and Bruno. Paul and Bruno are lovers, but they both seem to have this insatiable appetite for all things B. (not sexual, but emotional/psychological). B. unfortunately leaves the gang behind for boring, safe, and totally-in-love-with-her, Alan. They are the essence of yin and yang; he's the water, she's the fire.
The soundtrack is rocking with old Reinhardt jazz tracks, a little Peggy Lee, and some Barry White to boot. Asia Argento is completely believable as a willful, vulnerable and self-confident thief turned right, while Jared Harris is great as her calming boyfriend. I really think Rupert Everett and Jonathan Rhys Meyers almost steal the show with their antics (especially Rupert). These were early films for the both of their careers, and it showcases their talent for camp, high drama and theater all at the same time.
Liked it enough to buy it. 4 stars!