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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 Sept. 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: 60,544 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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3.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andy on 3 July 2014
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 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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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 up to Melville (what does, these days?), but although Corneau's version is a triumph of style over content there is still a lot for fans of French gangster films to enjoy.
For a start, the film is tremendously stylish with a striking colour scheme made up of shades of red and green (in the underworld spaces, e.g. the nightclubs, bars, and safehouses), and gold (in the outside spaces such as the countryside in the aftermath of the prison break that opens the film, and in Marseilles where Gu is close to freedom), and also some very elegant (and nifty) camerawork. The costume and set designers have also outdone themselves -the film is beautiful to look at. There is also a very classy cast involved. I would watch Daniel Auteuil in anything but the cast also includes other noteworthy names such as Monica Bellucci (yes, she can act- even if she doesn't need to stretch herself much in this role), Michel Blanc, Jacques Dutronc, Gilbert Melki, Eric Cantona (yes, *that* one), and Philppe Nahon (an appearance by the latter once again indicating that something deeply unpleasant is about to happen).
The plot somewhat lets these first-rate actors down, as what could be a straight-forward tale of honour (and the lack of it) among thieves and an older generation finding themselves out of step with the cutthroat youngsters on their way up, becomes increasingly convoluted. It's nearly two and a half hours long, but at several points feels like things have been cut out to reduce the running time -it would almost have been better as a mini series rather than just one film.
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