An aging, hardened criminal (Hallyday) comes by train to a small French town for a bank job which will require three other men. While waiting for them to arrive, he puts up at the home of a poetry professor in his 70s, Monsieur Manesquier (Rochefort), who shows the stranger around town and is fascinated by his strong, silent ways. Gradually, the teacher figures out why his guest is in town, while the criminal gets a long look at an entirely different sort of life than the one he has led. Both men consider what their lives would be like if they traded places. Though there is a stylish, gripping climax that intertwines the attempted robbery with a triple bypass surgery, the real value of this lovely film is the charming, illuminating relationship that grows between the two characters up to then. Screenwriter Claude Klotz and director Patrice Leconte were also responsible for 1990's unsettlingly lovely "The Hairdresser's Husband." Hallyday, who has the hard-bitten assurance of Jack Palance in his prime, is a former rock star whose band was the headliner when the Jimi Hendrix Experience had its very first gig at the Paris Olympia in October 1966.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus