Le Cercle Rouge
Drama | French with English subtitles | 140 minutes
Corey, a prisoner in a Marseilles prison is released. Meanwhile, another prisoner, Vogel, is on a train, handcuffed by Police Inspector Mattei. Corey escapes and flees in a field. He eludes the police and finds refuge in Corey’s car trunk parked near a roadside diner. Corey sees Vogel and confronts him on a deserted road. After a tense exchange, Corey offers Vogel a ride to Paris. In an apartment, Corey explains to Vogel his plan to rob an expensive jewelry store on the Place Vendôme. To pull it off, Corey hires Jansen, a crack shot to assist. Several deadly betrayals result in a tragic ending.
Why Stream This Film?
Le Cercle Rouge will introduce you to the highly underrated French noir director, Jean-Pierre Melville.
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
- Metacritic Score: 91
- Film critic Roger Ebert gave Le Cercle Rouge a perfect 4 out of 4 stars.
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LE CERCLE ROUGE involves an escaped prisoner, a diamond heist, a police manhunt and mob vengeance. Director Jean-Pierre Melville treats these elements as the magician treats his cards: the cards are insignificant, except as the medium through which he demonstrates his skills. There is one cool, understated scene after another.
Melville films this suspenseful and violent story with tight-lipped precision – he’s fascinated by the balletic grace of these life-and-death combatants, and by the depth of hard-won knowledge on which their deadly power depends.
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