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The Right of The Weakest

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
The versatile writer-director of ‘Trilogy’ offers a less cerebral take on the crime thriller with this winning ‘socially aware’ caper comedy. As a son of Belgian industrial town Namur, Lucas Belvaux brings obvious autobiographically based affinities to his pointedly unfashionable setting, de-skilled, de-steeled Liège, but manages nevertheless to steer a safe line between affection and affectation as he follows the organisation and execution of an ill-advised robbery by a group of bar-room pals. Although structurally conventional – who decommissioned experimental populism? – the film is aurally and visually more audacious, incorporating great camerawork and an interesting score by Riccardo Del Fra. It’s strongest suit, however, is performance: a cast boasting varying levels of previous professional experience – from comedian and activist Claude Semal (as resigned boozer Robert) to Patrick Descamps (his grouchy pal Jean-Pierre) – give a nicely tempered portrait of male community, hard-pressed but with distinct traces of iron in its soul.
Written by Wally Hammond

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 28 September 2007
  • Duration:116 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Lucas Belvaux
  • Screenwriter:Lucas Belvaux
  • Cast:
    • Eric Caravaca
    • Claude Semal
    • Lucas Belvaux
    • Patrick Descamps
    • Natacha Régnier
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