Second Breath

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A critical and commercial success, SECOND BREATH reignited Melville’s career after a three-year hiatus and consolidated the fusion of abstraction and mastery of detail that would characterize his late masterpieces (LE SAMOURAÏ, ARMY OF SHADOWS). After breaking out of a prison, old-school thief Gu (tough guy par excellence Ventura) finds his restaurant-owner sister under threat by the mob and himself under scrutiny by a wily police inspector (Meurisse). Gu needs money to flee the country, and opportunity knocks in the form of a daring platinum robbery. The opening prison escape and the highway-set heist rank among Melville’s greatest action set-pieces.

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