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A Tout de Suite

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Lili is an impulsive, free-spirited art student living a staid existence with her father in 1970s Paris. When she meets a mysterious young Moroccan man at a nightclub, she falls instantly in love. She soon learns he was involved in a botched bank robbery - where a man was killed - and without hesitation allows him and his accomplice to hide out in her apartment. The next morning, joined by the accomplice's girl, they flee Paris for a dizzying cross-continent escape through Spain, Morocco and Greece. But as the police draw closer, and tensions within the group rise, her adventure takes a sudden and unexpected turn in this dazzling, multi-layered critical favorite from acclaimed director Benoit Jacquot (Sade, The School of Flesh).

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Product Details

  • Actors: Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurence Cordier, Forini Kodoukaki
  • Directors: Benoît Jacquot
  • Writers: Benoît Jacquot, Elisabeth Fanger
  • Producers: Despina Mouzaki, Françoise Guglielmi, Georges Benayoun, Haris Padouvas, Raoul Saada
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IOM0U6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Tout de Suite" on IMDb

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The story of a young fugitive couple fleeing the law is hardly new, but A Tout de Suite tells it in a refreshing way. Can you imagine a Hollywood crime thriller with no car chases, shootouts, explosions or even fist-fights --where all of the action takes place off-screen? Unthinkable. French director Benoit Jacquot, however, manages to maintain suspense and create fascinating characters without the usual overkill that is typical of American cinema. The film takes place in 1975, and with the black and white photography adding to the minimalist spirit, we could easily believe the movie was made back then as well. Lili (Isild Le Besco), an art student from Paris, falls in love with Bada (Ouassini Embarek), a young Moroccan who turns out to be a bank robber. During a robbery, hostages were taken and two people died, so he is a seriously wanted fugitive. Lili decides to flee with Bada and his partner, and they go through Spain, Morocco and Greece with fake passports and a bag full of stolen cash. There is, as I mentioned, little action; there is also surprisingly little dialogue. Aside from some short but intense sex scenes, most of the film's meaning is communicated through the facial expressions of the characters, especially Lili, who has a quiet intensity and a gift for conveying depths of barely-expressed emotion.

The film is primarily about Lili's experiences. When she becomes separated from the two men in Greece, she is without contacts or money. She is helped by several people who, predictably, want something in return. She must make her way in these difficult circumstances, taking what she needs while avoiding becoming an object of exploitation. True to the rest of the film, the end does not come with Lili revealing what lessons she has learned.
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Lili (Isild Le Besco) is a moody and rebellious 19 year old living a comfortable life with her father and sister in Paris. She sneaks her girlfriend in every night and sleeps with her, although we don't quite know if they are lesbians. Out with her girlfriend one day, a man introduces himself saying he is waiting for a friend. When the friend of this guy, a young Moroccan immigrant, shows up, she is immediately attracted to him. She and her girlfriend go to a club to meet them and she brings this Moroccan guy home.

One day he calls her and tells her that he's robbed a bank, it's all over the news, and asks if he and his partner can hide at her place. She agrees and sneaks them in. The partner's girlfriend comes to pick them up and they all leave on the run: first to Spain, then to Morocco, then Greece. At first they live the high life, but after a while, not having the ability to easily launder the stolen cash or readily use it, tempers start to flare as they all start getting on each other's nerves. When they get to Greece, Lili is questioned by immigration and is set free, but the others abandoned her outside the airport, leaving her alone and broke.

Devastated, she is befriended: first by a man who helps her, then sets her up with a letch. Then by a young woman, who takes her in and helps her find a job, but who also wants to be with her. Always looking for her guy, she is miserable and finally calls her father to take her home. She never gives up trying to find her guy though.

This is the typical story of upper middle class girl falls for bad boy, and the background story as to why ---father is clueless and distant, and the mother is not involved although she lives near by--- is not new.
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Poetic style and speed; Plot a drama of irresistable simplistic depth

This film had me walking out of the theater and down Mercer Street wondering where I was and what I had just gone through. An incredibly vivid portrayal of young love and the motivations of a young woman's loyalty to her criminal-on-the-run lover.

While the plot needs tightening for a mass market and the dialogue suffers the character's blunt personalities, this film is a tribute to what one can do with a real story, which this is based on.
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Le Besco makes acting choices that are initially unexpected but perfectly in tune with the character she is playing. She is able to work very subtly in close-ups, and her face changes impact depending on the camera angle. She has a bad angle or two, but mostly registers as achingly beautiful. She is such a good film actress that you can turn off the sound or subtitles and still know what she's portraying. In this particular film, she looks a bit mature to live so impulsively, but she gets across the teen spirits of her character.

Low budget movie. Except for stock shots, it's all interiors, small cast, and shot in mono. The movie, however, generates a good deal of suspense, and Le Besco delivers some great moments. The actor who plays her lover is well matched to her--he plays in a similar style--and his face is also interesting and multifaceted.

See this, and you will want to see another Le Besco film. Fortunately, there are some twenty of them. I wish I had known about her long ago. Oh well, I had Sophie Marceau to keep me happy until Isild came along.
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