So you think you know Paris. You know, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and a stroll down the Champs-Élysées with a tasty beverage and some people watching at a sidewalk café. Sure, that’s Paris, but for the more adventurous you might want to explore a little more of the city.
Filmmaker Jean-Luc Herbulot has just that, another side of Paris on view in the Artsploitation Films DVD release of Dealer on Sept. 29. And this one-day slice of life thriller might just give you second thoughts about seeing what’s down that quaint little side street.
Dan (played by Dan Bronchinson — sort of a Gallic cross between Jason Statham and Woody Harrelson) is a street dealer who wants out in a big way. He’s done enough, seen enough and bled enough to know that there’s no future in doing more of the same. He’s the anti-hero of the piece … not a nice guy by any standards.
So when the “big deal” presents itself — a chance to cash-out and escape to Australia with his young daughter and his current lover, Chris (Elsa Madeleine) — it is the catalyst that sets the next 24 hours of hell in motion.
Of course everything goes wrong and Dan has to make good on the deal or he’s dead and everyone associated with him is dead as well. So when you’re a thug, you go to the default position when your life is on the line. You beat, you extort, you run, you hustle and all the while the clock is going “tick, tick, tick.”
Director Jean-Luc Herbulot is clearly from the school of Luc Besson and Guy Ritchie when it comes to crime thrillers … lots of twists and turns and, of cource, non-stop action. Dealer is an adrenaline rush (clocking in at just 75 minutes) that effectively uses the streets (and back alleys) of Paris as Dan’s “stomping” grounds.
Dealer is presented in French with English subtitles.