It was a bit too easy to make a ‘French Connection’ pun in the headline, considering The Connection tells the European side of William Friedkin’s classic film. Jean Dujardin stars in this gritty looking French thriller, which is a long way from his smooth Oscar-winning turn in The Artist.
Synopsis –Marseille, 1975. Young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel arrives with his wife and children in a city riddled with organised crime. He sets to work tackling the French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin around the world. Despite protests from his family and colleagues, he sets his own safety aside to embark on a personal crusade against Gaëtan Zampa, the iconic underworld figure and untouchable godfather of the French Connection. But as he delves deeper into the case, Pierre releases his old methods no longer apply.
Judging from the trailer, the film looks to be as stylish as it is gritty, with Dujardin suited up and taking care of business. With such a gripping story, it certainly looks like one to watch.
The Connection also stars Gilles Lellouche, Benoit Magimel, and Celine Sallette, and is released in UK and Irish cinemas on 29th May.