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MR 73 [DVD]

Daniel Auteuil , Catherine Marchal , Olivier Marchal    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Catherine Marchal, Francis Renaud
  • Directors: Olivier Marchal
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039LAPYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dark French crime thriller written and directed by Olivier Marchal. Daniel Auteuil stars as Louis Schneider, a discredited Marseille policeman who has turned to the bottle and been demoted after a furtive fling with a colleague indirectly led to the death of his young daughter. When news arrives that serial killer Charles Subra (Philippe Nahon) is to be released early from prison for good behaviour, Schneider tries to help the daughter of one of Subra's victims in a bid for redemption.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The darkest cop movie since The Offence 16 Sep 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Although it was 36 Quai des Orfevres ( 36 Quai des Orfèvres ) [DVD] [2006] that got the critical acclaim and the international release, it's Olivier Marchal's unrelated follow-up MR 73 (it's a make of handgun) that's the more impressive of the two. Rather than the double act of Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu as cops at self-destructive loggerheads, this focuses on Auteuil's alcoholic cop, a broken man being buried alive surrounded by people leading lives of quiet desperation in the aftermath of the crimes and tragedy that are his daily bread.

Despite being released directly to video-on-demand in the US by the cash-strapped Weinstein Company under the actionably misleading title The Last Deadly Mission, this isn't a vigilante fantasy where good cops are let down by the system but a drama where bad cops fighting each other, secure in the knowledge that the worst will be covered up, is the real problem. In that context the unconvincing opening sequence where Auteuil's drunken cop hijacks a bus to take him home makes at least some sense: with the IAD more interested in covering up to protect the department's image, the system only punishes its own when they try to do the right thing. And it's trying to do the right thing, following a hunch and trying to get his life back on track, that has disastrous consequences here because he's simply no longer up to the job...

Based on a real case which doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the French police, this has a real insider's feel for the despair that comes with doing the job too long, making it a harder sell at the box-office despite the odd well-handled moments of violence but also a surprisingly engrossing drama.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John du Prey - Classical Review 6 April 2012
Format:DVD
True heroines are borne not always from enflamed passion, but from a dire need to make things right. Excruciating memories haunt our heroine Justine Maxence in "MR 73" (2008, in French, aka "The Last Deadly Mission") to the point she can no longer tolerate the thought - that the human devil who raped, tortured, and then murdered her mother in front of her - while she was yet a child - then tortured and murdered her father - all done throughout the night - will be released from prison on good behavior. This nightmare now encompasses her every thought. We wait upon her words. Her suffering ignites all levels of compassion and empathy for us. Her character is linked by a common plot thread to her drunken knight (a police detective who investigated her parents' murder many years before). Her unlikely garde du corps will protect her, her family, and her baby. But he has to exit his own hell first; he has to pick up the pieces of his dissipated life, visit his paralyzed wife once more, and finish his own investigation. This is serious plot tension for those of us who desire a strength, precision, and depth in a movie thriller and tragedy.

We have the feminine soul in torment with the young pregnant woman Justine (brilliantly played by Olivia Bonamy). We have the masculine soul in torment with the self-destructing homicide detective Schneider (superbly played by renowned French actor Daniel Auteuil). In this graphic `investigating serial killings' crime thriller, replete with subtle nuances of plot progression, character depth (especially our two tormented souls), chilling acts of torture & murder - all encased in a tightly-woven storyline with the refined hand of a masterful writer/director (Olivier Marchal).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Being So Cheerful As Keeps Me Going 4 Sep 2011
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
MR73 is a grim film involving lots of damaged people and some very nasty crimes, but at times the pursuit of the sex-killer is secondary(nice series of clues for those of us who follow these things though). As in 36 the cops are at war with themselves just as much as with the criminals, and procedure is honoured only in the breach and never the observance. But this we know from Spiral and La Balance etc etc, what will make or break the film for most of us I expect is the performance of Auteuil. The other cops have a 2D quality, All Bad or All Unlucky, but Auteuil's character has a back story. The script seemed to sag badly in the middle but ended up by being on target; in the end a film about displaced love rather than directed rage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Auteuil Magic! 22 Feb 2013
By Dave B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Another very good film showcasing M. Auteuil's talent. Not a moment to be distracted you just have to keep watching to the last frame.
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