Films: Yvan Attal

The Last Diamond

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Eric Barbier
  • Written by: Eric Barbier, Marie Eynard
  • Cast: Yvan Attal, Bérénice Bejo, Jean-François Stévenin

Ex-con Simon (Attal) agrees to carry out the biggest job of his life: to steal a majestic diamond being auctioned by its owners. Old-school heist flick, playing it a little too safe; Bejo is beautifully understated and deserves a bigger role, while Attal intrigues but never quite seduces. Entertaining but inessential.

Rapt

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • France / Belgium
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lucas Belvaux
  • Written by: Lucas Belvaux
  • Cast: Yvan Attal

Tense hostage thriller based on the real life 1978 kidnapping of French-Belgium industrialist and millionaire playboy Edouard-Jean Empain. Yvan Attal and Anne Consigny star. Writer/director Belvaux ('La raison du plus faible', 'Trilogy') directs with his usual style, grace and intelligence.

Rush Hour 3

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Brett Ratner
  • Written by: Jeff Nathanson
  • Cast: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Yvan Attal, Noemie Lenoir, Tzi Ma, and Max von Sydow

Third instalment of the jolly, paper thin Kung Fu series. This time Tucker and the slowly disappearing Chan hit Paris to battle a wing of the Chinese organised crime family, the Triads. Unsurprising, silly and occasionally amusing.

The Serpent (Le Serpent)

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • France
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Éric Barbier
  • Written by: Éric Barbier, Ted Lewis (novel), Trân-Minh Nam
  • Cast: Yvan Attal

A dark tale of blackmail, guilt and vengeance based on Ted Lewis' novel, 'Plender'. Opportunistic thug Plender (Cornillac) has a near-failsafe money making system, but when he catches up with an old schoolmate made good (Attal) the scale of his operation suddenly expands - as does the extent of the damage done.