Out of all three films that I have critiqued so far this has to be one of the films I enjoyed watching the most, mainly because it was so similar to the standard British films which can be viewed at the cinema. The basic storyline to this French based film is that Andre the main male character is a petty crime artist and goes to Paris in the hope of making some easy cash to help him start his life over as an honest man in America. However he soon finds himself in a slight bit of bother when his underhand dealing comes back to bite him on the bum, and he is only given 24 hours to pay back a lot of money to the many people that he has quite frankly pissed off otherwise he will be no more. After attempting many different ways to save his life, by gaining money or seeking refuge in the comfort of a police cell, he turns to suicide but it is at this point that a strange yet beautiful woman named Angela attempts to kill her self too by jumping into the rive seine.
It is at this point that the film seems to move away from all the crime and darkness of the initial 15 minutes, to a far more enlightening movie to watch with in my opinion many a message behind the storyline. Basically they both go on to gain profit out of life in many different ways, and Andre begins to see the good within himself, gaining confidence with a fine lady beside him, he slowly begins to stand up for himself, meaning that he saves he’s life and gains the new honest start to life he came to Paris to achieve. The main twist to the story line is the fact that Angela is an angel sent to help Andre through the difficult time he was in and to make him see he’s good qualities that every individual posses, finally he then falls in love with Angela and so the story ends.
I found the simple twists within the film interestingly different, and director Luke Buston’s use of black and white really adds another depth to the film which is rarely seen in todays very modern, highly technologically based films, almost making them loose the natural, simple often more interestingly viewable qualities that this film works well with. The film would have been lit specifically for black and white. Finally the use of black and white creates a high contrast to the moving frames within the film, meaning that it is more visually interesting, bold blacks & true whites.
Below is a link for the trailer of the film.