Directed by Cédric Jimenez
Starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette
French with English subtitles
2 hrs 15 mins, rated R
A stylish, 70s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, The Connection tells the story of real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award Winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist, The Wolf Of Wall Street) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.
In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothingincluding boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogationsto ensure the crime ring's demise, Zampa's "La French" always seems one step ahead.
As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family's safety, before it's too late.
The European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection, Cédric Jimenez's The Connection was shot entirely on 35mm and will be screened theatrically in select markets in 35mm.
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