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quietearth [Celluloid 03.31.08] movie news comedy

No, it's not Goodfellas but it did play at Sundance this year and somehow I missed it. It's throwing down some heavy old school references like Bogart, the mafia, and westerns and I have to say, with the black and white footage it looks quite good. When do I get to see it? Somebody send me a screener! "Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime." Yup, trailer and full synopsis following.

"In the dusty and decrepit setting of an old cafeteria near a motorway in the Parisian outskirts, the lives of several characters intersect through four gangster stories … an amateur female thief, whose victim is herself an apprentice hold-up artist, two kidnappers who abduct a suicidal young teenage girl who keeps begging them to kill her and whose father refuses categorically to pay a ransom, a singer suffering creatively block who steals a more productive colleague’s latest original compositions and, finally, five seventy year-olds who come out of retirement to relish the joys of robbery at gunpoint once again. As many characters, as many different destinies, though led more by accident and mistake than by grand design. But due to a love affair that links their fates, they finally manage to catch a glimpse of a better future."

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