Taglines: Marseille 1975. To stop a dangerous drug lord, you need a dangerous cop.
Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane crime epic chronicling a violent six-year campaign to bring down the kingpin of a major narcotics ring. Director Cédric Jimenez hurls us back to the 1970s for a bold European twist on William Friedkin’s action classic The
Newly transferred to the bustling port city of Marseille to assist with a crackdown on organized crime, energetic young magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) is given a rapid-fire tutorial on the ins and outs of an out-of-control drug trade. Pierre’s wildly ambitious mission is to take on the French Connection, a highly organized operation that controls the city’s underground heroin economy and is overseen by the notorious and reputedly untouchable Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche of Mesrine: Killer Instinct. Fearless, determined and willing to go the distance, Pierre plunges into an underworld world of insane danger and ruthless criminals.
With his wildly frenetic montages, kinetic camerawork, and keen ear for perfect musical juxtapositions, Jimenez invokes the best of Scorsese while bringing a slick sense of style to his sophomore feature — which was shot on glorious 35mm. Based on a true story, The Connection is a restlessly inventive, immaculately crafted big-screen entertainment, and one hell of a ride.
The Connection (French: La French) is a French-Belgian action crime thriller film directed by Cédric Jimenez and produced by Alain Goldman. The film was inspired by the events of the French Connection in the 1970s, starring Jean Dujardin as police magistrate Pierre Michel and Gilles Lellouche as Gaëtan “Tany” Zampa, a drug gang ringleader. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2014.[5
The Connection – La French
Directed by: Cédric Jimenez
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Mélanie Doutey, Benoît Magimel, Guillaume Gouix
Screenplay by: Audrey Diwan, Cédric Jimenez
Cinematography by: Laurent Tangy
Film Editing by: Sophie Reine
Set Decoration by: Willy Margery, Pascalle Willame
Art Direction by: Patrick Schmitt
Music by: Guillaume Roussel
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, drug content and language.
Studio: Gaumont Films, Drafthouse Films
Release Date: May 15, 2015