01 June 2015
Directed by Cédric Jimenez
Marseille, 1975. Young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin, The Artist) arrives with his wife and children in a city riddled with organised crime. He sets to work tackling the French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin around the world. Despite protests from his family and colleagues, he sets his own safety aside to embark on a personal crusade against Gaëtan Zampa (Lellouche, Mea Culpa), the iconic underworld figure and untouchable godfather of the French Connection. But as he delves deeper into the case, Pierre releases his old methods no longer apply. Evocative of Mésrine and the Melvillian policiers of the 1970s, The Connection is a sprawling crime drama with superb 1970s production values. Lovers of the Citroen DS (the most iconic car ever made), this film is definitely for you. Admirers of The French Connection and The French Connection II should also find plenty here to admire.