L'EMPEREUR DE PARIS
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor, Fabrice Luchini
During Napoleon’s reign, François Vidocq becomes a legend in Paris’ slums, being the only man able to escape from one of the country’s most notorious prisons. Given for dead after his latest spectacular escape, he’s started a new life as a merchant. However, the past soon catches up with him. He’s wrongfully accused of murder but strikes a deal with the police force to lend his skills to fight crime in exchange for his freedom. It’s the start of a long battle to reform him, but given the extraordinary results of his work he provokes more conventional police officers who are now determined to stop him come what may…
Nominated for two César Awards in France, this period film cost €22 million and boasts an international cast.