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Jusqu-au Bout de la Nuit

Jusqu-au Bout de la Nuit

Jusqu-au Bout de la Nuit

1995 / 80min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: GéRARD BLAIN

CAST: GéRARD BLAIN, ANICéE ALVINA

A subversive thriller that uses the genre format to create a deeply emotional experience: “Not a gangster film, but a love story and a relentless tragedy,” as Blain described Jusqu-au bout de la nuit (“to the end of the night”). The director stars as François, a career criminal released after serving a 12-year prison sentence. He begins a relationship with a woman, Maria (Anicée Alvina), but his need for cash and his uncompromising opposition to “normal” society leads him back to his outlaw ways, and towards an explosive denouement. “Halfway between an ultra-brooding polar [crime film] and Scarface [as] filmed by Jean-Marie Straub.”—Olivier Père

Screening as a part of our Gérard Blain series.