La Balance | Chicago Reader

La Balance

Bob Swaim, an American-born director working in France, has crafted a superior policier from a blend of ragged realism and romantic archetypes. Petty criminal Philippe Leotard is persecuted by Parisian narc Richard Berry, who threatens to expose Leotard's romance with a prostitute (Nathalie Baye)—a relationship forbidden by French law—unless Leotard informs on a major drug ring. The film was a huge box-office success in France, apparently because of the suppleness with which it transplants American action stylings to a Parisian milieu; it did surprisingly well over here, too. With David Overbey.


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