In this finely calibrated French neonoir, a nurse's aide (Gilles Lellouche of Mesrine: Killer Instinct) foils an attack on the wounded thief in his hospital ward (Roschdy Zem of Outside the Law) but is soon forced to help him escape. The hero races against time to save his pregnant wife (Elena Anaya), who's being held hostage in an unknown location, and gets further ensnared with the vengeful criminal and even more menacing police. As in Hitchcock the hero is an everyman forced to improvise to beat the bad guys at their own game, while the laconic, elegant thief belongs to the French cinematic tradition of enigmatic antiheroes (he's named Sartet after Alain Delon in The Sicilian Clan). Fred Cavaye directed (his previous film, Anything for Her, was remade by Paul Haggis as The Next Three Days). In French with subtitles.
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