Either you make decisions or life makes them for you. For an ex-con struggling to go straight, the temptation of money, women and power prove too much, especially when his best friend promises him an easy heist.
Samuel Le Bihan,
A small-time crook Gaston (Yvan Attal) who poses as a millionaire after he picks up hitchhiking 16-year-old Marie-Pierre (Virginie Lanoue). Actually living in a seedy apartment, he deals in... See full summary »
Famous TV news anchorman Pierre Nivel left Algiers for France in 1962. That's been a secret; his Paris co-workers have never known that he was formerly an Algerian pied noir. An Algerian ... See full summary »
Antoine de Caunes,
"Un pur moment de rock and roll" ,the title,is a misnomer.It is not about rock and roll unless this music equals drugs and nothing else.The first part deals with the daily life of a handful of junkies,one of them suffering from aids,their ceaseless fight to get their dose,their thefts and their hopes (if there are any).
The strongest scene might be the one with the judge(a woman) who gives the main character a last chance.
Thus ,the second part takes place in a detox mansion where Fedor Atkine helps the doomed youth to get by through work and of course group therapy and sport.Perhaps ,some sunlight does break through on this film ,which is very rare in the work revolving around junkies.Symbolism ,in the last scene,is too ponderous for what is finally an intimate story,but the rest of the movie avoids pathos and sensationalism.Two nightmare scenes shot in black and white.
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