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L'immortel

DVD - 2013 | French
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After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseilles mafia, Charly Mattei has turned over a new leaf on his past as an outlaw. For the past three years he's been living a comfortable life and devoting himself to his wife and two kids. However, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the underground parking garage of Marseille's Old Port with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he will not die.
Publisher: New York : Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Immortel

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jimg2000
Feb 02, 2018

Inspired by true events and the French mobster Jacky Imbert: per wiki “Imbert survived a murder attempt by Tony Zampa's crew … He was shot many times and doctors removed twenty-two projectiles” etc. Its French title L'Immortel (The Immortal) suggested that the protagonist was a highly intelligent and skilled killer as a mafia don. But soon as he decided to retire, enemies mobilized to settle grudges the bloody gangster way. While filled with familiar wiseguy dialogue, there was a decent twist. Overall a very entertaining crime thriller with Marseille, Avignon, French Riviera and Paris back drops.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Jan 24, 2018

Jean Reno is always good, but he hasn't aged well, and this is not his best. The beginning was quite confusing, until you understand the story, and then it picks up momentum. Lots of bloody organized crime related violence with little backstory revealed until well in. Kept comparing it with The Professional, which is probably unfair.

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I_am_Legend
Jul 20, 2015

Another great film with Jean Reno. Amazing actor. This film had an original look and great structure. There are subtitles and the film is in french, but that doesn't affect the enjoyment of the film. If you are a fan of Jean Reno, this is a must see!

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meimoore
Jun 09, 2015

Reno in top form...a bit violent but not any more than The Professional was. Well executed and well cast.

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Tj2C
Sep 21, 2014

Pas mal, but a bit too commercialized.

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zalito
May 09, 2014

Star-studded and absolutely riveting. Action with sophistication - c'est francais, n'est-ce pas!

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jimg2000
Feb 02, 2018

Yes, I am Charlie Matei, and I'm going to kill you. I'll kill you in the open. It is a question of honor. I want you to know who will kill you. and why you died. You know why you will die, Bastian? Yes. When your killers face is hidden under a hood, then it is murder without a signature, no class. Impersonal. You know the difference? You all understand? Because I will kill you all You're all in the queue. But not immediately, not right now. I want you to have time to think about your sins. Day and night you will think about it. You'll have time to ask for forgiveness from your wives and children. To tell them why you will die. And you will wait for your death... It might be tomorrow, six months or a year, As long as I live, you will never be safe.

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jimg2000
Feb 02, 2018

You killed those two people and you continue to take revenge.
-Everyone in the world takes revenge. For his family, for children. And sometimes even for enemies. Maybe you do not have enemies?
Not as many as you.
-We have a common enemy? I was a victim of reputation.
You got what you deserved.
-Oh no, the reality is more prosaic than that. I am an ordinary pensioner. Retired!
You work?
-I work hard. Chief bottle washer, artistic director, cat breeder, does it matter, I pay my taxes
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I remember once he got mad .. took a plane to Algeria. Went looking for someone who owed him money. We found him hiding in the countryside, scared.. He starved him for a week and then buried him alive. He's crazy, believe me!
-But you never reported this to the police.
And what would that change?

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jimg2000
Feb 02, 2018

We vowed to be friends until death. Remember?
-I never said that We vowed to be friends to death!
We grew up together, never apart!
-You grow old and are confused! You old man! Weakling! Always criticising, moaning.. And I continue to fight.
-There are boundaries for which I have respect.
What crap? so, you have morals. Very original.
-Morality is not original. It is not all pleasant.
You think you're different, Charlie? You think you're better? But we're the same. You're not better than me. We're both on the same track We go about it differently. There is no code of honour! We are the same! We both have hands in blood! And the blood does not wash off! And you will always be on the wrong side of the law. So, don't preach to me.. Kill me, because I lost. But not in the name of your morality

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jimg2000
Feb 02, 2018

This is a question of honour!
-What is the sense of honour when you're dead?
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The evil is in us, no half measures Do not agree with me? Do you want to kill me because you cannot stand the truth.
-No, because you betrayed me.
Come on then. What are you waiting for? Do not think too long, otherwise you can't make up your mind. We grow old in different ways, but I don't fxck about like you! And pity sometimes kills!

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jimg2000
Feb 02, 2018

I'll grow old peacefully, not hiding from anyone. And I will live without
fear of being watched.
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If you decide to stay, be sure that sooner or later someone will knock on door ... To avenge his father, son, or uncle. You're cursed to live with it. And suffer.
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And the bloodshed did not dry out.
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Zakia, he will be charged with a variety of offences. And by law he will receive the maximum sentence. I have fulfilled my duty, it's my job. But as a human ... I regret that I got there early.

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