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This French import plays like the dumbo version of Bresson's L'argent: a young actor (Richard Berry) is sent to prison for coming to the aid of a beautiful shoplifter (Victoria Abril), incurs the wrath of a psychotic guard (Richard Bohringer), has his sentence quadrupled, and is forced into the killing of a sadistic fellow inmate. Yet this descent into the depths of human degradation has only the most superficial effect on the hero, who continues to coolly plot his revenge. The narrow focus and straight-line narration (that is, straight down) of director Denis Amar can't help but generate some low-level tension and suspense, though not enough to justify or overcome the absolute nullity of the characters.

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