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Loaded with French style and 'Je ne sais quoi',
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This review is from: Bob Le Flambeur [DVD] (DVD)
Nothing happens quickly in this classy French classic.
Monsieur Bob is a legend and admired by all who know him, including the local bobbies. Monsieur Bob is calm, collected, suave, sophisticated and a man with a past. The narrator is also a star of this flick as he constantly drolls 'Bob Le Flambeur' in a rich, matter-of-fact, French accent. Indeed the narrator has as much to say as the cast: this is a minimalist movie. Bob adopts a beautiful young belle in the perfect shape of Isabelle Corey but he resists any romantic involvement. Bob just needs to know he can have her, he doesn't 'need' to have her. One senses Monsieur Bob has done it all and only gambling gives him the risk and the thrill that can satisfy him. But Bob, like all gamblers, loses, and loses big time and so he is forced into the biggest risk and gamble of his life.
The scene where his gang plan the heist was clearly the inspiration for 'HEAT' and 'OCEAN'S ELEVEN' and many other movies. Monsieur Bob might even be seen as the inspiration for the on-screen James Bond.
Everything is understated, stylish and classy. Less is more in this wonderful movie.