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L.627 [DVD]

4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Didier Bezace, Jean-Paul Comart, Charlotte Kady, Nils Tavernier
  • Directors: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Producers: Frédéric Bourboulon, Alain Sarde
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z9ECVY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In this no-holds-barred look at the Paris drug squad, three very different cops - conventional Lulu (Didier Bezace), racist Dodo (Jean-Paul Comart) and tough Marie (Charlotte Kady) - go about their day-to-day business. Real, often dangerous locations were used in this controversial film from the director of `Life and Nothing But' and `Sunday in the Country'.

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Bertrand Tavernier's superb L.627 bears scant resemblance to the description its UK DVD distributors put out - `This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules or kowtow to his weak and/or corrupt superiors. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad's deficiencies of money and equipment.' In reality, it's much more down to earth and compelling look at the day to day realities of fighting a never-ending war, spending more time on the mundane realities of police work and its limitations. These cops aren't Dirty Harry, they're underfunded and unappreciated and never bring down any big guys. When a long-time surveillance fails, it's because of the most petty reason imaginable. When there's finally some violence it's just over a petty offence rather than a major crime. They fill in forms in a crappy prefab office, wrestle with budget cuts, play practical jokes and make no difference whatever - all of which is surprisingly gripping.

At times some of the characters threaten to stray into cop movie clichés, such as Didier Bezace's relationship with a prostitute and casual informer, and there's a subplot with wedding videos that the film could do without, but other than that there's little to find fault with. Tavernier's direction is at once convincingly observational while remaining unobtrusively cinematic and he's assembled an equally convincing ensemble cast, including Philippe Torreton, who would go on to play leading roles in Tavernier's Capitaine Conan and It All Starts Today.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2014
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One of French "realist" police films but the realism chiefly concerns the drudgery of the work. The lead detective (who bears an unsettling resemblance to Ned Flanders from the Simpsons) is moved from squad to squad, at all times beset by lack of funding (this was made in 1992) and engaging in the usual low level illegality that made for police work back then. If you are expecting a Gallic Dirty Harry you are going to be disappointed it is more like The Bill with better food and crappier offices. (The "gritty" used in the film description actually translates as "grubby"). The plot is a mish-mash of snitches, raids, bullying, and pranks. The story-line around the lead detective is an unresolved mess with a wife, a whore with a heart of gold, and a sideline in wedding photography - although that's doubtless realistic too it, like real life, reaches no conclusion. There's a whiff of Michael Haneke in the lack of conclusion.
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By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2013
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L.627 is an interesting movie by law student turned director Bertrand Tavernier about the every day goings-on of a drugs squad in Paris and it's suburbs. There are some interesting and contrasting characters, from Lulu (Didier Bezace) who's straight up right through to the dodgier characters who just want to sit around and do nothing. There's also the typical stereotype, the cop that drinks, and the one who gets a little excited when he catches a guy.

This isn't a bad film, it holds no punches and is quite avant garde, as it has a sort of "fly on the wall" documentary feel about it, with bits where we see them in the office working, and out on the streets. Charlotte Kady as Marie has to be my favourite character, though most of them were not really likeable; especially Dodo.

Some of the best bits have to come from conversations Lulu has with the call girl Cecile.

This isn't a bad DVD with a full widescreen view, which is sometimes unusual. There are not many extras on this edition, so if you're feeling brave get the French edition for this, though some of the language is not easy to understand as it's unusual slang.

Worth a look, check out Coup De Torchon [DVD] as well.
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One of the best and most realistic films ever made about policing, and drugs. Bears watching again and again. Not simple, doesn't spoonfeed, and, as it says on the cover, never pulls it's punches. if you like tv shows such as the wire and realistic, social dramas, this will be a real find. tough, gritty, realistic. was unavailable for years so buy it now and keep it in the loop
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