Tuesday, July 14, 2009

1 chance sur 2 (1998)

Twenty-eight years after Borsalino, director Patrice Leconte successfully re-united Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo in this entertaining movie. Vanessa Paradis plays Alice, a 19 year-old girl, whose mother dies while she is still in jail. On her release, she receives a tape from her mother, telling her how 20 years ago she loved passionately 2 men at the same moment and one of them is her father. We can guess who the 2 men are: Belmondo plays Léo Brassac, an ex-commando leader who turns into a garage owner; and Delon plays Julien Vignal, an ex-safe cracker turns into a restaurateur. Both are not young anymore, so it is amusing to see the stunts here, which culminating in the end with Brassac jumps from his car to grab a ladder thrown from a running helicopter and climbs up. This scene even amazes their enemy: "Doing that, at his age; it's disgusting."

The first half of the movie is filled with how the Brassac and Vignal try to win Alice. Brassac with his car collection and Vignal with his helicopter. Then Alice, in running away from some rascals, steals a Russian mob's car which happens to carry a suitcase contains 50 million dollars. The police, who have been keeping the mob under surveillance, are the one who takes the suitcase; but the Mob don't know that and keep hunting her. One of the most exciting moments - apart from the scene dedicated to Borsalino (where we can hear the theme song of the 1970 movie) - is when Brassac and Vignal use bungee-jumping to get information from the Mob's lawyer.

In the end, for Alice, having two fathers is happier than only one, especially when two of them love her so much. It's every girl's dream to have a father who can save her from the mafia - perhaps that is what Patrick Leconte wants to say. Like her mother, Alice cannot choose between Brassac and Vignal.

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