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Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One

Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Gerard Lanvin

year: 2008

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Jean-Francois Richet

runtime: 0

The second part of the biopic charting the rise and fall of Jacques Mesrine, the gangster known as the 'man with a hundred faces'. His journey takes him from Algeria to Canada. After being imprisoned for kidnapping, Mesrine teams with fellow criminal François Besse (Mathieu Amalric) to continue his reign as France's public enemy number one. He soon becomes increasingly burdened by his own bloated celebrity, and begins to question his thrilling but lonely existence, until his dramatic demise at the hands of the police.

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