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      I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster

      2007 1h 53m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 72% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In the first of four intertwined stories, Gino (Edouard Baer) contemplates robbing a roadside diner, until he learns a surprising bit of information. Desperate for money, Leon (Bouli Lanners) and an accomplice take the daughter of a wealthy executive hostage, but soon realize they've gotten more than they bargained for. Later, a pair of middle-aged rock stars (Arno, Alain Bashung) argue over an old theft, while a group of former criminals make their way to their old hideaway. Read More Read Less

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      Jay Weissberg Variety Reasonably diverting and handsomely shot in black-and-white, I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster is a pleasant four-chapter reverie on modest but failed aspirations and unlikely contentment. Jan 30, 2008 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film Although the film has a fluffiness that means it is unlikely to linger long in the memory, it is nevertheless a fun ride. Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 15, 2009 Full Review Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses Click for full review Rated: 2/5 May 10, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      laurent b Beautiful, funny and arty movies. One of the best of the director, along with Macadam stories Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The humour was great and loved the minimalistic direction. It proves, once again, that movies can be made with simplicity and low budgets and still be entertaining, engaging and enlightening. I'm sure it would have been even more hilarious in French. The honesty in the movie was palpable. The ending was a bit blah though. It could have come together a bit better. Epilogue was alright, albeit stretched out. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member surreal black and white episodic comedy, almost goddard-lite if u wanna be pretentious. My favourite is the 5 old gangster's reunion Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny, and the camera work is fantastic Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Realmente aburrida, bastante infantil, con buena musica de fondo pero al extremo inocente y tonta. Tres historias de atracadores igual de peligrosos que el payaso Tuerquita, filmada en blanco y negro y con mucha alusion al cine yanqui. Anna Mouglalis luce preciosa. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Realmente aburrida, bastante infantil, con buena musica de fondo pero al extremo inocente y tonta. Tres historias de atracadores igual de peligrosos que el payaso Tuerquita, filmada en blanco y negro y con mucha alusion al cine yanqui. Anna Mouglalis luce preciosa. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the first of four intertwined stories, Gino (Edouard Baer) contemplates robbing a roadside diner, until he learns a surprising bit of information. Desperate for money, Leon (Bouli Lanners) and an accomplice take the daughter of a wealthy executive hostage, but soon realize they've gotten more than they bargained for. Later, a pair of middle-aged rock stars (Arno, Alain Bashung) argue over an old theft, while a group of former criminals make their way to their old hideaway.
      Director
      Samuel Benchetrit
      Producer
      Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
      Screenwriter
      Samuel Benchetrit
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Runtime
      1h 53m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital