Gangsters (Mongrel, 2007) D: Frédéric Schoendoerffer, w/ Philippe Caubère, Béatrice Dalle. Rating: NNN; DVD package: n/a
It's money, women and guns all the way - lots of fun if you like your sex and violence graphic, your actors squirting hard-boiled testosterone from every pore and your Paris locations slick and dirty.
Fifty?ish Paris gangster Claude Corti is doing fine with lots of women and drugs to keep him happy and his rackets running smoothly. He doesn't realize just how unhappy some of his associates are. Then the counterfeit-?for-?coke deal turns to a massacre and launches a daisy chain of betrayals.
Philippe Caubère, as Claude, brings equal parts energy and appetite to his scenes with his girlfriend and the frequent torture scenes, using the former to display a likeable, generous spirit and the latter to reveal a viciousness free of the usual psychotic underpinnings.
Béatrice Dalle, as Claude's girlfriend, stands out as the only woman among the dozens slithering around who looks like she's in this world because she wants to be, happy in her vice.
Stick around for the cool Marianne Faithfull song over the closing credits.
EXTRAS Widescreen. French audio. English subtitles.