Saturday, 10 July 2010

TV Film Pick of the Day, Week, Month...erm, OK...Year!

Today's pick is an easy one - tonight on BBC4 they're showing ace French flick 36. Now, as you know, I do have a bit of a soft spot for arty French films. But hey, wait, before you run for the hills, this one's different. This one's got real bite.

36 is a police procedural, with as much corruption within the ranks as outside. It stars two giants of French cinema, Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil as bitter rivals. They've been here before, of course, as enemies in Jean de Florette. If you've seen that film, you'll know Depardieu was the nice guy and Auteuil the greedy, devious one. In 36, those roles are almost reversed. I say 'almost' because it's not that simple. 36 is intricate and layered and...... and I won't say anymore, because I don't want to spoil it.

If you like the sound of 36 then read my review, 36 Quai des Orfevres, for more info - don't worry it doesn't have spoilers!

Oh, and one more thing. This film's supposed to be being re-made by Martin Campbell (director of Casino Royale) with Robert de Niro and George Clooney as the cops.  Now I know I'm not supposed to get excited about re-makes (bloody Hollywood, ripping off the best of the foreign film industry etc.etc.) but I can see that working really well. Watch 36 and tell me I'm wrong.

36 (BBC4, 10pm)