Rialto Pictures
Owen Gleiberman
July 18, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Le Doulos

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
109 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/28/07
performer
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani
director
Jean-Pierre Melville
distributor
Rialto Pictures
author
Jean-Pierre Melville
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

Le Doulos is slang for underworld informer, and Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1962 policier, which is being re-released, has a rat’s-tale cleverness as curlicued as that of The Departed. It’s hard to say who’s loyal and who’s a cad, since both of the main characters lie through their teeth: Serge Reggiani as a thief who’s like a rumpled Rowan Atkinson, and Jean-Paul Belmondo as a smoothie in a trench coat who can slap a babe around rougher than Bogart. Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation.

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