Thursday, 13 March 2014

MFFF MOVIE REVIEW: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS (DE L'AUTRE COTE DU PERIPH)

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Two cops. One is black, one is white. One from the gang-nested suburbs of Paris, the other is from the centre, where the great wealth and careers happen for the ones who is ready to compromise. When the wife of a rich businessman is found murdered, two unlikely cops join efforts to investigate. Gigs and trick, shootouts and chases, plus references to the Hollywood classics, ensure.

Omar Sy (the Intouchibles) is an effortless star. He can be funny, can be sad, and he can take all the glory he deserves. The differences between the two different worlds - the central Paris elite and the rough life in suburbs - is the source of many jokes and a main drive for this comedy that we had seen before, but never in Paris, never in French and the old gigs never felt so fresh.

The dialogue between the two cops is swift, inventive and is the main reason to see the film. As to the plot… What plot? ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS is a character oriented film, and maybe we should not ask for more.

I would not give it more than three stars if not for a guilty pleasure it provides, and for a definite re-watching value - you will not catch all the jokes the first time around. You will cheer for the second serve!

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