Le Deuxième souffle (Second Breath)
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Le Deuxième souffle (Second Breath)
Veteran gangster Gustave (Lino Ventura) escapes from prison to find his sister is being blackmailed by some petty thugs in this crime thriller. He plans one last caper to steal enough money in hopes of retiring to a tropical paradise. He and his gang are sought by a detective (Paul Meurisse), the cop who plays by the book and avoids the sadistic torture practiced by his less-honorable cohorts. Soon Gustave is caught between the police and the double-crossing gangsters and discovers too late that there is no honor among thieves. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A labyrinthine exploration of loyalties and betrayals in the French underworld."
‑ , Time Out
"Le Deuxieme Souffle is at heart a romantic fantasy of underworld loyalty and lives of calculated risk and violence anchored by brilliantly staged and shot set pieces..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"It's a long film which stretches its premise over 150 minutes, but a rewarding experinece nonetheless."
‑ , Film4
"It isn't an easy film to watch, perhaps because it moves so deliberately in comparison to its American models, but this somber, repressive, and perverse work displays a ferocious moral and formal integrity."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Characteristic of Melville's crime canon, the film's rigorously mannered aesthetic creates a decidedly artificial environment, and yet that environment is so meticulously, thoroughly realized that it's breathtakingly immersive."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"It is a violent film shot with calm detachment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"superbly restrained"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"The product of a director in complete control of his talents, Second Breath musters enough depth that by its conclusion it feels only nominally like a heist film."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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