Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
France/USA, 1993. Davis-Films, Live Entertainment, PFG Entertainment. Screenplay by Roger Avary. Cinematography by Tom Richmond. Produced by Samuel Hadida. Music by tomandandy. Production Design by David Wasco. Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan. Film Editing by Kathryn Himoff.
Eric Stoltz shows up in Paris to help his friend (Jean-Hugues Anglade) pull off a bank robbery. He spends his first night in the City Of Lights with a hooker (Julie Delpy) who is actually a university student making extra cash working the streets, a surprisingly clean girl who has a hell of a lot of conversation to offer between the sheets. The two get slightly attached to each other, as sex workers often do with their clients in the movies, so you can imagine Stoltz’s surprise when he shows up to pull off the bank heist and she’s one of the employees whose life he’s threatening in order to get the cash in the vault. This cult favourite, one of the early scions of the Tarantino indie movement of the early 90s, has a lot of style and attitude but very little depth. While it was probably an amazing feat to make a movie look so pretty on so small a budget, there’s no getting around the fact that the characters are uninteresting and the story does absolutely nothing particularly memorable. Anglade is a particular sore point as he seems to be struggling to pull off his English dialogue.