Tuesday, July 21, 2009

First look: International trailer for French crime drama Mesrine: Killer Instinct

I heard about Jean-François Richet's Mesrine a while back, but promptly forgot about it. The film adaptation of Jacques Mesrine's autobiography, L'instinct de mort, stars Vincent Cassel, Gérard Depardieu, Mathieu Amalric, and Ludivine Sagnier. Cassel, who plays title character Mesrine, won the Best Actor Cesar earlier this year.

The film was released in two parts (à la Che) in France, and the first film, L'instinct de mort (English title Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Part 1)) opened on October 22, 2008, while the second part L'Ennemi Public Numéro Un (Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One (Part 2)) opened on November 19, 2008.

Jacques Mesrine was one of the most famous criminals in French history. His committed bank robberies, burglaries, jewelry store robberies, prison breaks, arms smuggling, and murders. In 1979 he became French public enemy number 1 when he kidnapped millionaire, Henri Lelièvre, and received a ransom of 6 million francs. His crime spree even went as far as the United States and Canada.

At this point there's only an English language trailer for part one, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, but The Playlist is cool enough to share both French posters, the two trailers, a bonus clip from Empire, and the synopsis for part one:

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. Handsome and charming, he is soon seduced by the neon glamour of Sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerard Depardieu) Mesrine soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder, choosing the high risk life of a gangster of the honest life of the hard working family. 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 him towards international notoriety.

It looks like Mesrine: Killer Instinct will open on August 7 in the UK and then Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One will open on August 28. Annoyingly, there is no North American release date yet.

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