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Courtesy Music Box Films

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Jean-François Richet

2008 (French with subtitles)



113 minutes



Mesrine: Killer Instinct

(L'instinct de mort)

Similar to Olivier Assayas’s Golden Globe Award-winning Carlos,
this docudrama focuses on another legendary gangster:
France’s Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel). The two-part Mesrine
charts the outlaw’s odyssey during the 1960s and 1970s.

This film, Mesrine: Killer Instinct (part one) concentrates on the years 1956 to 1969, when Mesrine begins his criminal career by meeting a crime boss (Gérard Depardieu) and an equally reckless girlfriend (Cécile de France).
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (part two) details the years 1972 to 1979.

“A French Goodfellas. Mesmerizing, funny, sexy, horrific, and the stuff of great global cinema. See it.” —Boston Herald