By chance, a retired teacher meets an almost retired gangster:clash of two parallele lives? No, love at first sight of each other's mystery. Each envies the life of the other, especially the teacher! I can easily understand you feel like robbing a bank or killing someone after a lifetime in the classroom. The camera work, sometimes, films the two heroes like in a spaghetti western. Johnny Halliday, the gangster, reminds me of Clint Eastwood when he is not in action but simply thinking.(close-up on the metallic blue iris) He is the man of few words but his rough presence is so powerful!. (Probably due to 40 years of successful pop concert) Jean Rochefort, the teacher, is a lovely excentric man who, like all of us, wishes to have two lives at least if not nine. It is also rare to see a small provincial French town, worts and all. For example the silly mannerism of the typical sale assistant in the baker's shop.
I would recommend the film for its effective humour, the stunning performance of the two actors, for keeping the interest of any spectator without sex, car chases or guns...Well, there are a few shots but you don't know whether they are abstract or real. A wonderful film, full of humanism