See How They Fall. 1994. France. Directed by Jacques Audiard. In French; English subtitles. 90 min.
Audiard managed to score veteran actors Jean Yanne and Jean-Louis Trintignant (along with talented newcomer Matthieu Kassovitz) for his debut feature, and the trio gives heft to a story that mixes thriller elements with a deep psychological character study. Simon (Yanne) is a salesman who abruptly exits his life to catch the killers of his only friend Mickey, a cop. Trintignant and Kassovitz play Marx and Johnny, the mismatched pair of drifters whose lives will inevitably intersect with Simon’s. Print courtesy of Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.