Rent La Balance (1982)

3.3 of 5 from 67 ratings
1h 42min
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Synopsis:
In the dark and dangerous streets of Paris lurks an underworld full of lowlifes, pimps and hookers. The elite undercover cops turn a pimp (Philippe Leotard) into an informer (La Balance) in order to crack the crooked world he inhabits. They use his love of a prostitute (Nathalie Baye) to force him to work for them.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Mathieu Fabiani, Bob Swaim
Studio:
C'est La Vie
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
France, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/09/2004
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Photo gallery
  • Biographies – Nathalie Baye, Philippe Leotard, Richard Berry, Tcheky Karyo, Bob Swaim
  • Director's commentary
  • Interview with Bob Swaim
  • Easter egg – Storyboards
  • Trailers
  • Short film – Portrait of a pornographer, Vive Las Jaques

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Reviews (1) of La Balance

Subtle, It Isn't. - La Balance review by NC

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24/09/2018

Amoral, very violent, using any means to gain an end, the cops in 'La Balance' make 'The Sweeney' look like pekingese puppies. But when a film has no character to sympathise with, when you don't care what happens to any of them, then it just becomes uninvolving. The story might pass the time, but that's about it. There is a relatively innocent pimp and his girl who get trapped between the cops and the bad guys, but there is no attempt to make them three-dimensional - they are there because the plot demands it.

Some compensation is found in the well-caught imagery and atmosphere of Belleville, and there is a good scene involving a shoot-out in a traffic jam.

Nathalie Baye, fresh from 'The Return of Martin Guerre', gets top-billing, and does O.K., nothing more. Much the same can be said of Philippe Leotard. Richard Berry, thirty-odd years before his role as a very different cop, 'Lanester', (catch it on Walter Presents - recommended) , is given nothing to work with and so too becomes a cipher.

In sum, it's too brash.

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