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The Second Wind [DVD] [2007]

Daniel Auteuil , Monica Bellucci , Alain Corneau    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Monica Bellucci, Michel Blanc, Jacques Dutronc, Eric Cantona
  • Directors: Alain Corneau
  • Writers: Alain Corneau, José Giovanni
  • Producers: Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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French crime drama based on the novel 'Un Reglement de Comptes' by Jose Giovanni, which was first adapted for cinema by Jean-Pierre Melville in 1966. Daniel Auteuil stars as Gustave 'Gu' Minda, a notorious gangster who has recently escaped from jail. When Gu contacts his old accomplices to organise one final job in order to raise the necessary funds to leave the country with his lover, Manouche (Monica Bellucci), the job is a success - but the police on his tail orchestrate events to make it appear to Gu's men that he has betrayed them. He must now race against time to clear his name and restore his honour...

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 1958. Gu, a famous and dangerous gangster who has received a life sentence, escapes from prison. On the run, he decides to flee the country to settle abroad with Manouche, the woman he loves. Gu decides to pull off one last heist but the police's scheming makes him appear as a traitor to his own accomplices. He will do whatever it takes to regain his honour... This remake of Melville's Noir classic features a star studded cast including Daniel Auteuil (Hidden, Romuald and Juliette), Monica Bellucci (Irreversible,The Matrix Reloaded), Michel Blanc (Buffet Froid, The Witnesses) and Eric Cantona (Elizabeth, Looking for Eric). ...The Second Wind ( Le deuxième souffle )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
French director Alain Corneau spent so much of the latter years of his career making mood and character pieces that don't really go anywhere that it's all too easy to forget he started out making thrillers. From the poor critical and box-office reaction to his 2007 version of Le Deuxieme Soufflé, or The Second Wind as it's called on UK DVD, he might have regretted going back to his old stamping ground for what would be his penultimate film, especially after the unflattering comparisons with Jean-Pierre Melville's 1966 version of Jose Giovanni's novel, but it's a surprisingly effective thriller on its own terms. While it's relatively unusual to see him handling a story with a distinct beginning, middle and end these days, he responds surprisingly well to the pulp material and even improves on some aspects of Melville's version. Whereas Melville's film, not one of his best by any stretch of the imagination, was a few set pieces the director was interested in and a lot of exposition he wasn't, Corneau's version (co-written by Giovanni) feels like a more complete narrative that has its director's complete attention throughout and one that doesn't outstay its welcome at two-and-a-half hours.

The film's biggest hurdle is its usually reliable leading man. A miscast Daniel Auteuil convincingly conveys the out of shape and past it aspect of his escaped con looking for a big score to fund his getaway only to find himself set up as an informer and desperate to clear his name but, despite looking surprisingly like a shrunken Lino Ventura in a couple of sequences, lacks the iconic presence the part really needs and never really comes into his own until the last third.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "No One Goes To The Line For A Dead Man" 26 Feb 2010
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Longtime gangster Gustave Minda(Daniel Auteuil)escapes from prison and returns to Paris only to find old friend Manouche(Monica Bellucci)being targeted by a bar owner for reasons that become apparent.Minda decides to help settle a score as well as setting one up before he flees to Italy and retirement.
Handsome production values somewhat overshadow this old fashioned,overheated remake of J P Melville's 1966 Le Deuxieme Souffle which lacks all the subtlety of the original but makes up for it with an energetic approach that after a clumsy opening half hour develops into an engrossing piece of work with sporadic bursts of violence.
Bellucci is a beauteous decoration again(Blonde this time but can she act worth a damn?),Auteuil going outside his usual cool,melancolic detatchment is just okay for him but Jacques Tutronc as a wide headed wiseguy and Michel Blanc as the cunning Inspector Blot get all the best lines and consequently give the best performances.
Director Alain Corneau invokes some of Melville's pet themes - criminal professionalism and rigid codes of honour - in the final act which is steeped in fatalism for cool/desperate criminals.
Long but never boring.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More "film rouge" than "film noir." 20 Feb 2011
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Although the opening prison break scene promised much, this film rapidly went downhill when the gang of rival "heavies" stormed into the club run by Monica Bellucci, guns blazing and clad in square-shouldered overcoats and pork pie hats. I was immediately put in mind of the similar French gangsters satirised in Sylvain Chomet's animated film "The triplets of Belleville." From this point on, it was difficult not to look at the film as a cartoon strip re-imagined for cinema.

Whilst I am in agreement that this film was amazingly stylish, it was a shame that the script and screenplay never quite matched the attention given to the lighting of this film. The pictures certainly look beautiful even if the dominance of dark reds and greens eventually grates and the few outdoor, daylight scenes seem to be shot through a sepia lens which gives a burnished, golden quality to these elements of the film. Irritatingly, much of the story takes place at night or in semi-darkness. In the end, you find yourself yearning to see other colours - there are only about three instances throughout the film where we seen anything that is blue in colour and one of these is in a seascape painting hanging on a wall! Visually, the film is very fatiguing. All of this could be forgiven if the film was actually any good. Daniel Auteuil seems to be a great actor who frequently appears in films which somehow aren't quite as good as they should be. "36" is a good example, even if it is much better than this effort. The problem with "The Second wind" is that for nearly an hour it is difficult to really understand what is happening. We know Auteil's character has escaped from prison with the police on his trail and an inter-gang feud is about to explode with the fugitive's return.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est Magnifique! 9 Mar 2010
This is a very strongly structured film showing French cinema at its best. Good too to see a footballer who can act - much better than Vinnie Jones!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly stylised film 3 July 2014
By andy
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I think Daniel Auteuil is a great actor, though his talent, like any actor’s talent may be wasted in the wrong film (with Auteuil one such wasted film would be Après Vous, which for me just did not work. On the other hand, here, Daniel Auteuil excels in this very stylised film that has equally good performances from the rest of the cast (Monica Bellucci, Michel Blanc, Gilbert Melki and Eric Cantona to name a few), along with direction from Alain Corneau, great camerawork (and angles), a fantastic soundtrack, a brilliant story – in short everything about The Second Wind makes this a stunning piece of cinema for me.

A Cops ‘n Robbers story set in 1960’s France and having much to do with honour amongst one’s peers, this is a film I would recommend to anyone who likes Daniel Auteuil – even anyone who may have only seen him in Après Vous as you couldn’t get two more different films.

There are no Extras on the DVD other than a Trailer, which is perhaps a shame as a Making Of feature would have been interesting I’m sure. Still a five star film though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't hate it because
I don't hate it but I simply do not know ot because I ll never be able to get it
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1.0 out of 5 stars A colourful pretentious mess
I like French crime movies and from the cast and reviews on Amazon, this seemed like a good buy. I had never heard of the director but will make a point of avoiding anything else... Read more
Published 20 months ago by John Dark
2.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir Fail
The film was not very good, nowhere near as good as the original........the script was under developed the dialogue was boring and the yellow tint the film had was... Read more
Published 20 months ago by hanno123
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly weird!
Still have not finished watching this movie.... guess it's the old fashioned bit which is wearisome
and as I really like Daniel Auteuil this makes for heavy viewing.
Published 21 months ago by Charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars Deflating Expectations with The Second Wind
Something went wrong with this film and I don't quite know what it was or how it happened. The story is the usual gangland operatics, with guns instead of arias, and certainly like... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Care Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act
I can't compare to the original, as I find 60s Nouvelle Vague very overrated,but I can compare it to the great films of the 30's, both French Poetic Realism, and the Warner Bros... Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by hereford all black
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Wind definitely not second class
Daniel Auteuil adds his usual class to this film and Eric Cantona is convincing in his role as a "heavy". Monica Bellucci is as attractive as ever. Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by Estudiante
4.0 out of 5 stars Style over content....but what style!
No plot spoilers included.

While I have not seen the earlier Jean-Pierre Melville film (1966) of the same story, it is probably safe to assume that this does not measure... Read more
Published on 19 July 2010 by Bookworm79
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic French Gangster Flic
I have never seen the 1966 orginal version of this film so I cannot say how this version stands up to the orginal. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by steve b
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