36 Quai des Orfevres: French Crime Drama, Starring Daniel Auteuil and Depardieu

A box-office hit in France, 36 Quai des Orfèvres pits two great actors, Daniel Auteuil against Gérard Depardieu in a taut thriller set in the shadowy world of a Parisian police section, which is fighting organized crime.

When their superior tells them that his choice of a successor will be based on who can bring down a dangerous gang, he sets off a brutal competition between the two division heads, Vrinks (Auteuil) and Klein (Depardieu). Each boasts his connections into the gang world, and doesn’t hesitate to use them against the other.

Atmospherically shot in rich, dark tones, this accomplished crime noir film is both an homage to and an updating of France’s strong tradition of crime films, going back to the 1930s..

In addition to the two superlative leads, the impressive supporting cast featuring Valeria Golino, André Dussollier, and Roschdy Zem.

Nominated for 8 Césars (French Oscar), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Auteuil), Best Supporting Actor (André Dussollier), Best Supporting Actress (Mylène Demongeot), Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Editing.

Director: Olivier Marchal
Running time: 110 Minutes.