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Three Parisian lowlifes plan to rob an armored truck using motorcycles and AK-47s, but their botched heist leaves a guard fatally wounded and they hole up in a tiny bunker with their loot, waiting for the heat to die down. Barthelemy Grossman, who wrote, directed, and stars in this low-budget crime drama, has cited Martin Scorsese and John Cassavetes as inspirations. But one can hardly imagine Scorsese passing up the kinetic possibilities of the high-speed robbery as Grossman does, confining it to the soundtrack while his camera does an arty tracking shot down a graffiti-littered alleyway. And surely Cassavetes would have come up with more revealing drama among the three cloistered fugitives than Grossman's standard-issue recriminations and double crosses. The plot is nicely structured and the ghetto locations persuasively shabby, but the movie could use a shot of adrenaline. In French with subtitles. 80 min.

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