Daniel Autreil and Gerard Depardieu are the heads of two rival sections of the Paris police. Both have been given the task of catching a gang of violent and ruthless armed robbers. The prize for whoever catchs them is that he will become the new Chief of Detectives. The problem is that both of the are as violent and ruthless as the criminals they chase. Neither of them minds breaking the rules as long as they catch the criminals. Auteuil however is still mainly concerned with catching the bad guys even if he has to break the law to do it. For Depardieu however the prospect of promotion has become everything, he is quite willing to sabotage Auteuil's plans if it will help him further his career. Also there is a hint that they were once rivals for the love of Auteuil's wife.
This film is one which drags you into it's milleu, in this case the underworld of Paris. I suppose that Auteuil and Depardieu are the top actors in France today and neither disapoints. For Depardieu however this is his best performance in years and proof of what a great actor he is. He can do more with one look than even the best actors can with twenty minutes of dialogue.
IN the past the French have made many great gangster films and while this may not be up to the likes of Bob le Flambour or Rififi it is the best French crime film in years.