Film enthusiast based North of the 49th parallel. Still learning.
The film's title is Revenge, but Redemption would be a more honest title.
Revanche is not an exciting film, in fact it is quite slow. During the first act, one might expect this, enjoying the time spent with the characters, to learn about then, understand their motivations. However the pace does not keep time with the plot, to the film's detriment. The middle third of the film dragged in a major way, to the point that I expected it to…
It is not in spite of the restraint, but rather because of it that Jean-Pierre Melville’s films succeed. His characters are often short with their words, if not silent completely. The score doesn’t tell you how to feel, rather it exists to suggest to you how the characters on the screen might be feeling at that moment. Cuts are rationed like meat during a war, doled out only when absolutely necessary.
Much like Le Samourai, Un Flic pits the viewer…