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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 15 January 2014
This is based on the true life story of Tony Musulin played in a startlingly vivid performance by François Cluzet - `Untouchable'. We are taken back to 2008 and meet Tony doing his job of driving an armoured security van. He delivers millions of Euros to banks and other destinations. He works with two other guards who are both found wanting in the life skills department. One Arnaud carries a pet mouse and has to pay for sex - regularly, and he thinks this makes him a `ladies man'. Tony has a thing for that good life and one day wanders into a car auction where he sees a Ferrari Spyder.

He later goes back and bids for it. He lives above his girlfriend's bar and seems to take her very much for granted. Then one day he snaps and decides he is going to rob his own van. The 11.6 in the title refers to the 11.6 million he manages to steal. This is the true story of how and more importantly why he did it.

This is very well made, with great period attention to detail and a very strong supporting cast. There is a lot of getting into the psyche of Tony which is essential if we are to understand where his real motivation comes from, The sound track is quite god too I even spotted `The National' doing `Fake Empire' which was pretty apt for the on screen action. Not though an action fest and not as thrilling as a `thriller' should be and that is how it is billed, but still a very worthwhile watch and kept me hooked for the 102 minute run time - recommended.
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This subtitled French-language drama tells a true-life story of a remarkable robbery; one where 11.6 million euros is stolen from an armoured car without blood or brutality. Even more remarkably, the robber then – seemingly – allows the police to find the majority of the money and turns himself in…

I say ‘seemingly’ because the film-makers have chosen to retain the mystery of these events rather than fill in the gaps with fictional ‘what if?’ supposition. So although we see the incidents leading up to the robbery in great detail, and observe the activities and relationships of Toni Musulin, we never get inside his head. The film centres on the many mysteries of the heist and Toni’s weirdly compartmentalised life: where did he get the money for a Ferrari before he did the robbery? Why did he take out several loans before committing the heist? What happened to the missing millions? Why did he turn himself in afterwards instead of completing a clean getaway?
The result is a fascinating film, featuring magnificent performances by the actors playing Toni and his friends and family. Toni dominates the narrative and the screen; he’s always interesting even if we can’t quite figure out what he’s doing or his motivation. The plot gives us hints and suggestions towards a credible explanation for his actions yet leaves the central themes unresolved. Toni is a puzzle, and if you can live with a little bit of uncertainty then the missing information just adds to the intrigue.
However, it's probably a little misleading to call this a 'thriller'. It's certainly not action-adventure, and all the thrills are psychological. We found it compelling, but the lack of resolution might frustrate many.

11.6 provides an enjoyable 100 minutes of extremely polished film-making. If it had been made in the UK or by Hollywood then all the questions would have been answered in full. Only a Continental film – perhaps only a French one – would dare to leave so much hidden in the shadows…
8/10
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on 3 March 2014
Stylish and well made film that let's the plot tell the story without adding pointless special effects. It's a true story that shows that you can't take the "little man" for granted or he will turn on you just like this guy did. Obviously, it's in French but you loose nothing having to work through subtitles because the pace of the film is unhurried and you get plenty of time to read them. Don't miss it!!!
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Despite being responsible for France’s ‘heist of the century’ when he literally drove off with 11.6m Euros, security guard turned unlikely folk hero Toni Musulin’s extraordinary story isn’t the easiest to turn into a film: his crime – or offence, as his lawyers put it – was absurdly quick and without drama, leaving Philippe Godeau’s 11.6 to spend much of its running time focussing on his character and his meticulous preparations. But even here it’s a difficult task since Musulin was the kind of man who gave little away even to those closest to him and there’s still a huge amount of ambiguity over just what happened to all of the cash and just why he turned himself in so quickly. It’s the kind of film that needs a strong actor to carry it, especially since the version of Musulin that the film presents is so contradictory: he has legitimate grievances with the penny pinching management of the security firm he works for, he’s the kind of man who can be lonely even when he’s in a relationship but he’s also selfish and non-communicative. Even his motives aren’t entirely obvious. His co-workers, to whom he becomes a hero, think it’s not about the money but about winning, the police think it’s a clever scam to get away with the unrecovered 2.5m knowing that because no violence was involved he’ll be out to enjoy it in just three years while the film hints that it’s an elaborate revenge on the company that took advantage of him. The closest he comes to explaining himself is when he tells the police in Monaco “If I’d wanted the money I’d have taken it all,” though when asked more directly by the French police for a statement simply offers “Just put down ‘Mr. Musulin refuses to sign.’”

Avoiding any (admittedly limited) opportunities for suspense and playing down the manhunt for him, it’s not a fast paced or glamorous film, taking its time building up the dreary routine and petty slights of his working routine as a ‘convoyeur,’ and ultimately it becomes more of a mystery about both his character and his intentions than a thriller, and a mystery it doesn’t presume to know the answer to. François Cluzet’s lead performance doesn’t either, but he’s remarkably effective at drawing you in to this withdrawn character who only lets people in so far before putting up another wall, and he’s ably supported by a convincingly naturalistic supporting cast, especially Bouli Lanners as his slow best friend and Corinne Masiero as his increasingly frustrated and alienated partner. But while the first half hour or so might be enough to make some viewers catching it on the small screen who were expecting a high-octane thriller rather than a low key character study switch channels, it gradually exerts its grip and becomes an intriguing cinematic enigma that real life has yet to solve.
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on 28 December 2014
Good movie, I enjoyed it. Usual French style...doesn't treat you like an idiot and gives room for thought. If you like French movies then you will like this...not for people who like formulaic Hollywood movies. Interesting character and well acted.
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on 3 November 2014
I really enjoyed this movie which is superbly crafted and unpretentious at the same time. It manages to keep us hanging onto out seats without the help of wild car chases, or special effects .Francois Cluzet's performance is flawless as usual.
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on 20 April 2015
I really enjoyed this film. Despite its detractors who have panned this film, partly because the lead actor does not apparanrtly reflect the 20 years younger real protaganist and thief on which the film is based, it is a good way to spend a couple of hours of your leisure time. The direction is understated, the lead actor portrays the ordinary man who has had enough with his supervisor and the company he works for and decides to get even and rip them off though not out of any sense of personal greed.
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on 6 December 2015
A French movie about one of the biggest robberies by a single man in French history, Francois Cluzet, one of the most recognised stars in Europe is superb, with a brilliantly understated, performance. The problem is it is unnecessarily complicated, what could of been a straight forward, entertaining piece of cinema, left me feeling a little confused, and with no real explanation of what's going on, and Mr Cluzet rarely speaking a word it's hard to know what's going on in the lead characters head. It's good if you are a fan of French cinema, but when your expecting something simple and linear, it ended up making me feel a little thick.
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on 8 November 2014
Celebrated French actor -- and deservedly so -- Francois Cluzet takes the lead here as the 50-something world-weary downtrodden security guard with dreams of getting out from under the monotonous repression of a dead-end job with what appears to be one of the world's most dysfunctional security firms. Cluzet is, indeed, a joy to see as Toni Musulin, the real-life social media hero who stole 11.6 million Euros without a shot being fired or anyone hurt. Just look at Cluzet's face and you'll see the weight of years etched deep there, all the dashed hopes, the frustrated ambitions. Unfortunately . . .

Just look at the real Toni Musilin's face and you won't see any such thing. Because he's 20 years younger than Cluzet. And because of that, this French-Serbian ex-electrician who got a job as a security van driver has none, absolutely none, of the implicit emotional baggage so conveniently attached to him here by writer / director Philippe Godeau.

It's as if Godeau, having decided to do the picture, then realised he couldn't get any kind of a handle on the lead character. Best thing, then, to age him 20 years. Who's to know? Certainly not all those daft enough to take this movie at face value. To actually think that what they're seeing is . . . True.

The gratutitous let's-add-on-20-years conceit apart, it's hard to know just what Godeau was trying to do, still less, what he was thinking of. Throughout the film, Musilin is depicted as a sociopathic thug who, when he isn't being stone-faced silent is delivering karate chops to his fellow-workers standing in line in the works canteen. Endearing, huh? There's also the matter of throwing someo e's pet mouse out the van door into the traffic stream. Boy, you just got to love this Musilin guy!

Slammed by critics worldwide -- and perhaps, for once, they know what they're talking about -- 11.6 is as dismal as it gets, a long, pointless cinematic meandering in which bleached-out photography and high-toned Ferraris serve merely to demonstrate technical, though not narrative, skill. There are no high points. There are no low points. Just unending . . . Tedium.

About the only thing of any possible interest is the amount of screen time devoted to Cluzet when, in a break from thumping people and mouse-chucking, he busies himself building a false wall in the lockup garage into which he'll ultimately park his van with all the stolen loot. We spend an age, watching him undertaking this -- so long, in fact, that it could quite easily be a complete YouTube DIY construction guide. By contrast, we then spend less than 30 seconds being shown the police breaking down that wall -- after our hero has told them what he's built -- and finding nothing there apart from the single Euro he dropped into the cavity before sealing it. Exciting. . . Not.

Which really does sum up this Gallic nonsense -- a long, long journey to find nothing there at the end. Godeau tries hard to pose the question as to what Musilin with the 2 million Euros that were never recovered but the real question is: why did Godeau even bother? Cinema, it is often said, finds its own truths, a cliche beautifully and deliberately subverted by the Coen Brothers with the "true story" of 'Fargo'. Unfortunately, just like the missing money, there are no truths to be found here, either.
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on 23 December 2014
"Alright" would be my verdict. The dialogue is quite good, some of the characters are quite amusing and the cinematography is nicely dark. Great soundtrack. But the plot only just kept me interested enough to stay to the end. A bit disappointing to be honest. I expected more.
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