If a poll were conducted to determine the best French actors working today the odds are quite good that Vincent Cassel would rank fairly high. He’s incredibly talented, has a range that moves easily between drama, suspense, and comedy, and he’s pretty fearless with his performances. And that’s not code for how easily compelled he is to show off his phallic pastry.
His most recent triumph is the two-part epic crime sage Mesrine. It tracks the spectacular rise and bloody fall of one of France’s most celebrated villains, Jacques Mesrine. The first film, Killer Instinct, traced his move from a harsh turn with the French military to the even crueler criminal underworld, but part two (Public Enemy #1) picks up the action and drama in the final decade of his life. The seventies see him robbing banks, getting arrested, escaping from prison, shagging Ludivine Sagnier, and more. And if that isn’t enough the movie is filled with some pretty stellar action scenes and co-stars the equally intense Mathieu Amalric.
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 hits DVD/Blu-ray on March 29th, and we’ve got three Blu-rays to give away. How can you win? Simple… tell us in the comments section below what French film you think could use a Hollywood remake AND why. Bonus points if you manage to find a role in your remake for Greta Gerwig, Grace Park, or Kurt Russell. This contest is fraught with danger because no one likes remakes, so make your argument compelling (or at least entertaining) and you’ll win a sweet new Blu-ray of this very cool movie.
As always the contest is open to US residents only ages 18 and up. Be sure the email address associated with your comment is correct as that’s how we’ll notify the winner. Seriously… we continue to get multiple entries with nothing but an IP address. Contest ends April 1st! Good luck!
The official synopsis is below.
In the early 1970s, following his crime spree and incarceration in Canada—and subsequent escape from prison—Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) returns to his native France to continue his life of crime, while manipulating the media, government and law enforcers. Taken into police custody in France and facing justice for his crimes, Mesrine escapes a courtroom during sentencing, kidnapping the judge at gunpoint. Declared “Public Enemy Number 1” and eventually condemned to a maximum-security prison, he writes his memoirs and establishes himself as a household name and the anti-hero across France. Mesrine stages another daring escape and disappears into the lawless underworld, taunting the police and reinventing himself as a celebrity criminal through his savvy handling of the press. After such a monumental rise, comes the inevitable fall as the police close in, bringing the life of Jacques Mesrine to full bloody circle.”