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Nothing fires up a noir like having the most appealing actor play the most repugnant character, and this gritty 2000 French feature by Pierre Salvadori offers a fine performance by Patrick Lizana as the coolly manipulative nephew of a Parisian crime boss. After killing one of his street-level heroin dealers (Mathieu Demy), the handsome young thug moves in on the victim's sister (Marina Golovine), hoping to steer her away from the truth. Salvadori starts cheating almost immediately—the story is ostensibly a confession being offered to the police, though the teller couldn't have witnessed many of the scenes he's describing. But the movie's dimensional characters and genuinely dark view of humanity make it well worth checking out. In French with subtitles. 102 min.

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