Best Crime Drama of the Year so Far!
This critic doesn’t like foreign films so much; however, the Connection was one that hooked my interest from the first scene. The film stars two well known European actors, Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche. Dujardin won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2012 for the Artist. Lellouche has been in US films and mostly smaller roles but he played Marc in the Informant. The two men anchored the plot and help deliver a fantastic crime thriller. The Connection was distributed by Drafthouse Films in association of the Alamo Drafthouse.
The Connection or La French is about the French Connection from France’s point of view. Jean Dujardin stars as Magistrate Pierre Michel. His goal to stop the global heroin trade but capture Tany Zampa, the mob boss (Giles Lellouche), who supplies the heroin to everywhere. The two men cross paths several times. Magistrate Michael has no problems of bending the rules to capture and ensnare Zampa in the corner so he suffocates without any money coming in. What will Magistrate Michel be willing to sacrifice to capture Zampa?
The Connection has many elements of a great crime film. The film is a fast pace action thriller. The story takes a lot of twists and turns that the audience doesn’t see coming. The film does have subtitles but honestly, they didn’t take away from the story. The director is Cedric Jimenez, and his next project is HHhH a film about the assassination of Nazi commander in Prague. Jimenez directed a gritty realistic crime thriller and kept it period specific too. The two main actors were amazing in the Connection.
Every actor or actress in the connection was good. Giles Lellouche was fantastic as Tany Zampa. He was menacing and cunning while portraying the role. He played a character based on a real life person. Zampa was sadiastic mob boss. There is one scene in the beginning of the movie when Zampa makes his lackey sort a whole of coke for portraying him. Lellouche in that scene was super creepy and it reminded me of the Godfather scene when the Godfather threatens the director. Lellouche portrayed a humanistic villain too. Zampa is a bad guy who loves his family too and the other people close to him. He’s definitely multilayer character like his counterpart.
Jean Dujardin is exceptional in this film. He plays the main character Pierre Michel. Dujardin didn’t only bring a sense of hopefulness and despair in trying to combat a major drug ring but also added humility and comedy to the role. The man won the Academy Award for Best Actor because he becomes the character. He really should be a bigger name in Hollywood. He has great chemistry with the cast especially Lellouche. Dujardin really displays a lot of emotion. His character gets very frustrated and sad at times. His acting ability translates it well on screen.
The Connection is a must see and gets 4.5/5 from me. It is in limited release right now and Netflix might be picking it up soon.