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 likeā€”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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