Racer and the Jailbird

Racer and the Jailbird
  • 2017
  • Belgium / France / Netherlands
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michaël R Roskam
  • Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke
  • Language: French
  • UK release: 13 July 2018

Gigi (Schoenaerts) is a gentlemanly gangster who falls for Bibi (Exarchopoulos), a rich girl racer working for daddy’s construction company, only she doesn’t believe he’s really a criminal. Plodding, overlong and underwhelming crime drama which gives Exarchopoulos in particular not nearly enough to work with; a lacklustre romance and an underpowered thriller.

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Racer and the Jailbird

9 Jul 20182 stars

Michaël R Roskam and Matthias Schoenaerts reunite for an underwhelming crime drama

Although its English-language title suggests a boisterous B-movie, Racer and the Jailbird offers a defiantly sombre, occasionally plodding look at the perils of taking a chance on love. Ace Belgian director Michaël R Roskam follows The Drop and Bullhead…

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