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Films: Vincent Cassel

Trance

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 101 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
  • UK release: 27 March 2013

Danny Boyle follows up his Olympic show with this thriller about an art auctioneer who becomes embroiled in a heist to steal a painting. After losing his memory, it's up to a hynotherapist to help him find out where the artwork now lies.

A Dangerous Method

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/Germany/Canada/Switzerland
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel
  • UK release: 10 February 2012

Cronenberg’s investigation of psychoanalysis, seen through the relationship between the two main proponents, Freud (Mortensen) and Jung (Fassbender) makes for a fascinating insight into a moment in history when the world of thought, and the way that we think about ourselves, was being fundamentally reshaped.

The Monk (Le Moine)

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • France
  • 101 min
  • Directed by: Dominik Moll
  • Cast: Vincent Cassel, Sergi López, Geraldine Chaplin

Capucin Friar Ambrosio (Cassel) is a virtuous and admired preacher, but Satan smuggles temptation into his monastery. Adapting Matthew Lewis' Gothic novel is an obvious and ambitious choice for Moll, and Cassel is unusually and appropriately restrained, but Ambrosio's fall from grace generates neither sympathy nor suspense.

Adrift

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • Portugal
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Heitor Dhalia
  • Written by: Heitor Dhalia
  • Cast: Laura Neiva, Vincent Cassel, Débora Bloch, Camilla Belle

Sunny 1980s set drama in which an adolescent girl experiences a sexual awakening at the same time as discovering her father's many infidelities. Vincent Cassel and Camilla Belle star.

Black Swan

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

Aronofsky's follow-up to The Wrestler is an intense and gripping portrayal of psychological meltdown. Young ballerina Nina (Portman) finds herself thrown into a maelstrom of conflict, backstabbing and mental manipulation when she is cast as both the white and black swans in a lavish production of Swan Lake. Dark and…

Our Day Will Come

  • 2010
  • France
  • 87 min
  • Directed by: Romain Gavras
  • Cast: Vincent Cassel, Olivier Bartelemy

Outcast red-haired teenager Rémy is bulled at school and lives with his estranged mother and sister in France. The also red-haired psychiatrist Patrick befriends Rémy and helps him to release his repressed hatred and sexuality.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • France
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-François Richet
  • Cast: Vincent Cassel, Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu

The early career and criminal gestation of France's most notorious bank robber and gangster Jacques Mesrine circumscribed in the first of two films telling his remarkable story. Tracing a line from Mesrine's disillusioning military service during the Algerian war to the beginning of his notoriety in 1972, the first…

Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • France
  • 133 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-François Richet
  • Written by: Abdel Raouf Dafri, Jean-François Richet
  • Cast: Vincent Cassel

Part two of Jean François Richet's epic account of the contrary life and times of France's most famous bank robber and criminal mastermind Jacques Mesrine. Now in the realm of myth and self-deception, and in following Msrine's attempts to align himself with more radical political groups and his burgeoning skills as a…

Eastern Promises

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK/Canada
  • 110 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: Steven Knight
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack

Cronenberg's companion piece to 'A History of Violence' is a perversely entertaining crime thriller centred around midwife (Watts) who is drawn into the dark criminal underworld after she saves the newborn child of a Russian woman who dies on the operating table, leaving sparse clues as to her identity. A fascinating…

Irréversible

  • 2002
  • 97 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Gaspar Noé
  • Cast: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel

A brutal attack on the streets of Paris is told in reverse order, the unflinching depiction of rape and violence caused much debate on initial release.

Read My Lips (Sur mes levres)

  • 2001
  • France
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jacques Audiard
  • Written by: Jacques Audiard, Tonino Benacquista
  • Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivia Bonamy

When a partially deaf secretary is partnered at work with an ex-con colleague, a strange relationship arises. The two set out on an elaborate crime spree, aiming to extact revenge on cruel co-workers and friends. Unusual camera techniques and a largely unsentimental script ensure you're in constant collusion with the…