Mesrine: Killer Instinct & Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Directed by Jean-François Richet | Written by Jean-François Richet & Abdel Raouf Dafri

The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine in two installements, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1, available on Eurocinema.

Mesrine : Killer Instinct
This tough and gritty French-language crime drama represents the premier installment in a two-part series of features on the life and doings of notorious Gallic hood Jacques Mesrine (1936-1979). Mesrine is played, in both installments, by actor Vincent Cassel, who reportedly underwent massive weight gain and weight loss to convincingly portray the volatile Mesrine at various periods of his life. Director Jean-François Richet begins in 1979, with Mesrine's uncommonly violent death, whereby he and a beautiful young woman are suddenly (and fatally) ambushed by Parisian police not far from Mesrine's place of birth.

Mesrine : Public Enemy #1
Now back in France, Mesrine is finally in police custody and facing justice for his crimes. After escaping a courtroom and kidnapping the judge at gunpoint, Mesrine is declared Public Enemy Number 1 and is eventually condemned to a maximum-security prison where he writes his memoirs, establishing himself as a household name and the anti-hero across France. Mesrine stages another daring escape and disappears into the lawless underworld, taunting the police and reinventing himself as a celebrity ...

French with English subtitles
Available on Eurocinema October 1st
US Distributor: Music Box Films


Mesrine - Killer Instinct (2008)
113 minutes, Drama, France
With Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, and Gérard Depardieu

Mesrine - Public Enemy #1 (2008)
133 minutes, Drama, France
With Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, and Gérard Depardieu

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