Though sentenced to death in France, in absentia, former gangland chief Abel Davos (Lino Ventura) sneaks back to Paris with his children after hiding out in Milan for nearly a decade. Accompanied by appointed guardian Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo, in his first film after Breathless) and beset by backstabbing former friends, Abel begins a journey through the postwar Parisian underworld that's equal parts throat-grabbing and soul-searching. A character study of a career criminal at the end of his rope, this rugged noir from Claude Sautet (Un coeur en hiver) is a thrilling highlight of sixties French cinema. New edition includes interviews, essays, more.
Monique Hennessy,Serge Reggiani,Jean Desailly,Fabienne Dali,Jean-Paul Belmondo,Michel Piccoli