By Owen Gleiberman
July 18, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
Rialto Pictures

Le Doulos

B+
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  • Movie

Le Doulos is slang for underworld informer, and Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1962 policier, which is being re-released, has a rat’s-tale cleverness as curlicued as that of The Departed. It’s hard to say who’s loyal and who’s a cad, since both of the main characters lie through their teeth: Serge Reggiani as a thief who’s like a rumpled Rowan Atkinson, and Jean-Paul Belmondo as a smoothie in a trench coat who can slap a babe around rougher than Bogart. Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation.

Le Doulos

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • Unrated
runtime
  • 109 minutes
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