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      Racer and the Jailbird

      R Released May 4, 2018 2h 10m Crime Drama TRAILER for Racer and the Jailbird: Trailer 1 List Racer and the Jailbird: Trailer 1 Racer and the Jailbird: Trailer 1 1:42 View more videos
      36% Tomatometer 53 Reviews 46% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Loyalties are tested when a gangster and race car driver fall in love. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Melodramatic and overstuffed, Racer and the Jailbird mainly serves as proof that Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos deserve to reunite in a better movie.

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      Tara Brady Irish Times What ought to have been a sleek romantic heist movie is soon overcomplicated by a dizzying number of plot developments. Rated: 3/5 Jul 23, 2018 Full Review Tim Robey Daily Telegraph (UK) The filmmaking grows ever limper and less urgent, climbing down gears to leave the engine idling at many of the moments when it really needs to accelerate. Rated: 2/5 Jul 13, 2018 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian Frankly, it is a bit of a mess. Rated: 2/5 Jul 13, 2018 Full Review Charlotte Harrison VultureHound An example of when a good concept with good actors and good performances doesn't ignite for some reason. Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 28, 2020 Full Review Sara Martínez Ruiz Espinof The movie is, in any case, very enjoyable, while personally and visually very energetic. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Dominic Griffin Spectrum Culture Where the film's first half is stirring, fascinating and charming, its final acts are laborious, maudlin and comically depressing. Rated: 2.5/5 Jul 17, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Its an ok film, a somewhat watchable one with good performances but its hardly a memorable and constantly enthralling watch, so I wouldn't go out of your way to watch it, no. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Introduced to Bénédicte "Bibi" Delhany (Adèle Exarchopoulos) after a motor racing event Gino "Gigi" Vanoirbeek (Matthias Schoenaerts) pretends he works importing and exporting cars, and asks her out on a date. As their relationship continues, comments from his friends about their wild youth and his time in juvenile detention raise her suspicions. In a private moment Bibi asks him to reveal his greatest secret and Gigi jokingly admits he robs banks. They daydream about travel and when asked if she could go anywhere Bibi suggests that should go to Buenos Aires. Gigi and his friends successfully rob a banker they met at party held by Bibi's racing group. Gigi is falling in love with Bibi and is reluctant to do any further jobs. Bibi's father has suspicions too and confronts Gigi, urging him to be honest with Bibi like a real man should do. Gigi tells him he wants to marry Bibi. Bibi has a growing realisation that Gigi isn't telling her the whole truth but they confess their love for each other. The gang plan another more elaborate heist, and as their getaway driver Gigi is essential to their plans. The gang drop a shipping container off a road bridge, to trap a money transport van and police escort. They get away with the money but Gigi is sick with nerves. The money is booby trapped with explosives and one of the gang is badly injured. Gigi leaves the hideout to call a doctor from a nearby payphone. He also calls Bibi and she warns him that a police officer was killed in the robbery and that a major manhunt was underway and for her sake he should not resist. The gang is caught and all are sent to prison. Bibi is sure of her love and wants to stay with Gigi so during brief prison visits they try to get pregnant. They turn to fertility treatment to try to conceive, but while on temporary leave from prison Gigi is bitten on the leg by a small dog. After kicking the dog in retaliation the police get involved and Gigi runs in panic. Bibi hides him temporarily but when a police manhunt begins she convinces him to give himself up and return to prison... Owen Gleiberman of Variety writes that the success of a dramatic love story hinges on there being interesting obstacles to overcome. Gleiberman says that Gigi's lack of honesty and vulnerability threatening their relationship is a good obstacle but that the obstacle of Gigi's inevitable incarceration "seems to choke off the film's dramatic possibilities" and "the whole thing becomes drenched in a kind of downbeat sentimental martyrdom that feels oppressively old-fashioned and moribund." Michaël R. Roskam´s gangster love/crime drama has great acting from Matthias Schoenaerts and lovely Adèle Exarchopoulos foremost and there´s chemistry between them, but all involved is on top to my mind. The cinematography is great and the vibe of the film feels truly authentic. However, the storyline doesn´t really offer anything all that new to be honest and in my point of view the film is quite good the first hour and a half and then it loses focus and becomes scattered and not that engaging. The love affair has been replaced by overdramatic and partly exaggerated events and actions. The main characters backstories are not fully fleshed out either which I think is a shame as it would´ve created an even stronger story. "Le Fidèle" has truly moments and it´s a good looking film with great acting, but in the end it doesn´t fully connect the dots. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Hearts of gold and true love cannot solve the problems surrounding bad choices; Schoenarts and Exarchopoulos play to their strengths in self-assured roles requiring dramatic and sexual chops Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Honest european crime drama, like neo-noir - so rare in our time. A powerful acting play by belgian Matthias Schonarts!!! Two thumbs up! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Loyalties are tested when a gangster and race car driver fall in love.
      Michaël R. Roskam
      Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Bart Van Langendonck
      Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré, Michaël R. Roskam
      Super LTD
      Production Co
      Savage Film, Wild Bunch, Stone Angels
      R (Nudity|Language|Some Strong Sexuality|Violence)
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 4, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      2h 10m
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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