LA FRENCH / THE CONNECTION

SYNOPSIS
A companion piece of sorts to William Friedkin’s New York City–based
classic The French Connection (1971), Cédric Jimenez’s high-energy
true-crime tale tracks the six-year crusade of a law officer to bring down
a seemingly untouchable drug kingpin. Police magistrate Pierre Michel
(Jean Dujardin) has recently been transferred to Marseille, a city all but
controlled by the ruthless gangster Gaëtan Zampa (Gilles Lelouche), who
oversees an enormous heroin syndicate. Pierre is determined to destroy
the drug lord’s operations and put him behind bars for good, a task that
proves even more insurmountable once the policeman realizes how many
of his colleagues are on Zampa’s payroll. In between the tense, superbly
shot action sequences, The Connection focuses on the domestic life and
the off-duty hours of its two principal antagonists, slyly suggesting that
the cop and the crook may have more in common than either would have
dared imagine. Dujardin, best known for his Oscar-winning performance
as a silent movie star in The Artist (2011), plays magnificently against
type in Jimenez’s thriller, a film that immerses us in the sights, sounds,
and spectacles of the 1970s.

“Thrilling…enough drama for a dozen crime films.”
—The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR
Cédric Jimenez

SCREENPLAY
Cédric Jimenez and Audrey Diwan

CAST
Jean Dujardin
Gilles Lellouche

GENRE Thriller
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 135’
PRODUCTION Belgium, France, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Drafthouse Films