Picks and Pans Review: Lucie Sur Seine

updated 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

If Breathless were remade for the second time (this year's Richard Gere version disappeared leaving few traces), this French film is what it would look like—still menacing and jumpy but more human in its focus. Patrick (Cocktail Molotov) Depeyrat plays a young man living on the outskirts of Paris who drives a truck and dreams of escape. In desperation, Depeyrat holds up the supermarket where his wife works. He kills a guard and an accountant, and suspects that a clerk, Sandra Montaigu, has seen him. He stalks her to find out what she knows. What he finds is a beautiful, tempestuous woman, and they fall in love. The woman may be too smart for him (as Jean Seberg was for Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Luc Godard's original), but their relationship is an explosive mixture of sex and violence. Depeyrat and Montaigu, who co-authored the script with director Jean Louis (Ramparts of Clay) Bertuccellie, are a passionate match. Whether he was trying to update Breathless or not, Bertuccellie succeeds where Gere and director Jim McBride failed. (In French, with English subtitles) (No rating)

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