The early career (1959-’70) of outlaw Jacques Mesrine (Cassel), covering his military service in Algeria, apprenticeship with a Paris gang-lord (Depardieu), crime-spree partnership with soulmate Jeanne (De France) and escape from a tough Canadian prison.
Instantly gripping, with a powerhouse star performance, it’ll make you want to speed through the weeks to get to part two.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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