2001 [FRENCH]

Action / Crime / Fantasy / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

IMDb Rating 6.5 10 20906

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Guillaume Canet as Etienne Boisset
André Dussollier as Lautrennes

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dbborroughs 8 / 10

style is substance

The story takes place in 1830's France. As Paris teeters on the verge of revolt, the country's greatest detective is in pursuit of a masked villain. The pursuit turns deadly and Vidocq, the detective, is killed. Now its up to his biographer to piece together what happened and avenge the murder of his idol.

You'll either love this or hate it, since a good chunk of this movie is based on its flashy visual style. I tend to hate that sort of thing, but for me there was enough of a plot to keep me interested and enthralled to the end.Yes there are some cliched twists, but I didn't care the movie just moved me along with some wonderful bits. It was only at the end that I was left wanting, probably because there was too much in the way of the plot that wasn't addressed before the credits rolled. I wish we had gotten a tad more meat. Still its worth a shot.

Eight out of Ten

Reviewed by LaFeeChartreuse 8 / 10

A feast for the eyes, a pain for the brain

This film is visually stunning - it's almost like watching a painting in motion. Everything about the visuals, from the sets to the costumes to the lighting to the camera angles, contributes to a surreal and rather otherwordly, while still dark and gritty, atmosphere - somewhat evocative of Gormenghast.

The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you constantly guessing, and frequently confused: Is Vidocq dead, or alive? Were the murdered men victims, or villains? Or pawns in something larger? Are we looking for a mad scientist, or an urban legend brought to life? Is the political unrest in Paris related to the case, or just a backdrop for it? It borrows elements from both science fiction and fantasy as well as being rooted in the detective genre.

Now, I probably have a higher than average liking for twisted, fantastic, genre-bending movies that make one's brain hurt, but even so, there were some serious holes in the plot, or at least things that never really were well explained. So viewers who place a high priority on logic and consistency may find it a frustrating experience. But overall I very much enjoyed it, and some of the visuals will be with me for a long, long time.

Reviewed by tamaki_ca 10 / 10

Nightmarishly Beautiful and Brilliant

"Vidocq is dead!"

Thus opens Vidocq, an amazing film directed by Pitof, from a script based on Jean-Christophe Grangé's original and hard-hitting story, The Purple Rivers. In this film, legendary real-life convict-turned-detective François Vidocq, (Gérard Depardieu) lives again in 1830 Paris. The pacing and story are both amazing. Pitof and Grangé have done such a wonderful job of creating and establishing this horrifying plot, and whipping it up into a frenzy, that it is impossible to not get swept away by it. The cast is also amazing, with everyone turning in fantastic performances. A truly great film!

This is one of the first major motion pictures worldwide to employ a fully digital process in its making, including digital cameras. This adaptation has proven to be a lovely proving ground for this new process. Many of the exterior and interior sets and decorations were constructed by computer, and add a sense of detail and accuracy of time and history to 1830 Paris that would otherwise be impossible.

The special effects and fight sequences are fantastic, with many surreal nightmarish visions that will haunt your for weeks. There are so many amazing things about this film! For example, I've never heard pitiful mewling til I saw 'Vidocq'. Once you see this film, you'll know what I mean, and it will disturb you to your core. It's a film that is at once beautiful and repulsive. There's lots of intrigue, conspiracy, horror, suspense, mystery, romance of a sort, everything you could want from a film. See Vidocq!

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