This two-fisted, two-part epic charts the remarkable 20-year crime spree of Jacques Mesrine, France’s public enemy number one. With Vincent Cassel’s magnetic performance as its anchor, Jean-François Richet’s star-studded film rockets through Mesrine’s life with abandon—it’s biopic meets white-knuckle thriller. Each of the two parts is an autonomous, fully realized film; they are equally impressive experienced in order or reversed, as a set or as a singular cinematic experience.
Mesrine: Killer Instinct introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerald Depardieu) Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist he and his lover Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels his towards international notoriety.
In French with English subtitles.