Cible émouvante (1993)
aka: Wild Target
A film directed by Pierre Salvadori

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Crime

Film Review

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The crime thriller has been a popular target for parody in France ever since the heyday of the genre in the 1950s. Whilst Cible émouvante is an entertaining film with many plus points, it adds little in the way of originality or style to what has gone before it. The plot is infuriatingly predictable, the writer appearing to take the obvious course at ever turn, and the film ends up appearing to parody itself. Fortunately, the film is mercifully short and ends way before it could have become tedious.

The film's main strength lies in the wonderful interactions between the three lead actors. Jean Rochefort, better known for straight roles as the archetypal hard man of the French film noir (or 'polar') genre, shows an endearing flair for comedy and contributes most to the film's great comic moments. Marie Trintignant is Rochefort's unlikely co-star, less convincing but giving an amusingly feisty performance. Caught in the middle is young Guillaume Depardieu (son of Gérard), often outrageously funny in his familiar gawping way; female devotees of the actor will certainly not be disappointed.
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Film Credits

Directed by Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Jean Rochefort, Marie Trintignant, Guillaume Depardieu, Patachou, Wladimir Yordanoff
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