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Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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Overview

Mesrine: Killer Instinct introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerard Depardieu) Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist he and his lover Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels his towards international notoriety.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"The best gangster film of the year. A splendid and stylish crime epic."

Stephen Whitty

Newhouse News Service

5/5 stars! Superb! Brisk, irresistible entertainment."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Critic’s Pick! A riveting, visceral entertainment that evokes a Gallic Scarface…"

The New York Times

Chlotrudis Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Actor, Vincent Cassel

Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2010 Sierra Award Nominee - Best Foreign Film

Winner! Lumiere Award 2009 - Best Actor, Vincent Cassel

Winner! Étoiles d'Or 2009 - Best Actor, Vincent Cassel

Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Actor, Vincent Cassel

Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Director, Jean-François Richet

Winner! César Awards 2009 - Best Sound

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Adapted Screenplay

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Cinematography

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Costume Design

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Editing

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Film

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Music Written for a Film

César Awards 2009 Nominee - Best Production Design

Winner! Golden Globes, Italy 2009 - Best European Actor, Vincent Cassel

Sannio FilmFest 2009 Golden Capital Award Nominee - Best Actor, Vincent Cassel

Sannio FilmFest 2009 Golden Capital Award Nominee - Best Picture, Jean-François Richet

Winner! Tokyo International Film Festival 2008 - Best Actor, Vincent Cassel

Tokyo International Film Festival 2008 Tokyo Grand Prix Nominee - Jean-François Richet

Cast & Crew
  • Jacques Mesrine : Vincent Cassel
  • Jeane Schneider : Cecile de France
  • Guido : Gerard Depardieu
  • Jean-Paul Mercier : Roy Dupuis
  • Paul : Gilles Lellouche
  • Sofia : Elena Anaya
  • Mesrine’s Father : Michel Duchaussoy
  • Mesrine’s Mother : Myriam Boyer
  • Sarah : Florence Thomassin
  • Director : Jean-Francois Richet
  • Screenplay : Abdel Raouf Dafri, Jacques Mesrine (novel)
  • Producer : Thomas Langman
  • Executive Producer : Daniel Delume
  • Cinematography : Herve Schneid
  • Editing : Antoinette Boulat and Patrice Farner
  • Visual Design : Robert Gantz
  • Production Designer : Emile Ghigo
  • Costume Designer : Virgine Montel
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2008
  • Release Date : 08/27/10
  • Countries of Production : France, Canada
  • Languages : French, English
  • Running Time : 113 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R (For Strong Brutal Violence, Some Sexual Content, and Language)
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