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Brit Crime Noir with Loads of nasty Characters,
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This review is from: Dead In France [DVD] (DVD)
This is posited as a modern, Brit noir comedy and in many ways it meets that description. It is all about a hit man Charlie played by Brian Levine (who also co-wrote this). He plays a well spoken assassin who is on his last gig, which is 100 kills, and then he wants to retire. He has skipped to the South of France for the hit and comes into a rather large sum of cash as a result and is now minted.
He has also hired a cleaner in the shape of effervescent Lisa (Celia Muir), but she has a dodgy boyfriend who is a bit of a trick puller. Meanwhile our hit man also has competition in the form of lesbian uber bitch Clancy (Kate Loustau), and she decides if he is going to retire she will make it permanent. Then Charlie goes and gets all his cash nicked by a couple of con artist brothers who are as hapless as they are lucky and he has to put retirement on hold. So as he is looking for his cash and the love of his life, he is also being hunted and anyone who gets in the way is surely going to have their day ruined.
I really enjoyed this film, it is all filmed in black and white and has been generally well lit, which can be an issue in noir productions, so well done for that. It is generally well acted and is funny in places. I think that Brian Levine probably mis cast himself in the main role as he seemed wrong for the job, but it is his baby and perhaps the juxtaposition of erudite killer who over enunciates was seen as adding to the humour. Either way everyone over plays their parts with aplomb especially Celia Muir, who steals most scenes with her cleaning obsessed reluctant gang mol act.
It is not laugh out loud all the time, it is well made, it is entertaining and it is certainly a bit noir and so quite a pleasant surprise. I think much of this is down to Kris McManus who directed, co wrote and did the cinematography, he has learnt a fair bit from his previous low budget offering `Travellers' and should be praised for quite a good and original Brit film.