FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: Cash

Simon Baker

'Cash' can best be described as 'Ocean’s 11' meets the hit BBC series 'Hustle',all set in Paris and on the gorgeous Cote d'Azur.
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: Cash
Cash can best be described as Ocean’s 11 meets the hit BBC series Hustle, all set in Paris and on the gorgeous Cote d'Azur. Written and Directed by Eric Besnard, this comedy caper follows the fortunes of Cash (Jean Dujardin), a Paris conman, as he moves from a relatively minor forgery con in Paris to a large diamond heist in the South of France. Along the way Cash teams up with veteran conman, Maxine (Jean Reno), and his beautiful off-sider Garance (Alice Taglioni). Further complicating matters, is a less than honest policewoman who has been trailing Cash and decides to get in on the action. As you can imagine with films of this genre, the plot takes multiple twists and turns leading us down a myriad of seemingly unconnected paths. It is not until the final scenes that the Director neatly brings these events together and presents the viewer with an unexpected but highly engaging ending. Where many of these types of films fail is in their predictability. They tend to follow a similar formula and half way through you have pretty much guessed the ending. However with Cash, the Director keeps you on the edge of your seat through the clever use of pace, great scenes and the engaging quality of the cast. For anyone who is a fan of the Ocean’s 11 series, Cash is the film for you. FRENCH FILM TRIVIA: Did you know that when Jean Reno married model and actress Zofia Borucka at the city hall of Beaux-de-Provence, France, one of his best men was France's then Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy! FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 20TH ALLIANCE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING ACROSS AUSTRALIA: www.frenchfilmfestival.org/.

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Simon Baker is CEO of Arts Hub.