Created by Joanne Arseneau
In the 1999 Québecois thriller Le Dernier souffle (Dead End in English), Montreal Urban Community homicide squad member LAURENT VAILLANCOURT is going through a pretty rough spot in his life. His wife has left him, and he finds he has little in common with his father, an ex-militant from the FLQ, or his brother Martin, a white supremist.
But when Martin is murdered, Laurent decides to take the law into his own hands, make like a P.I., and conduct his own private investigation. The trail soon leads him to Nazareth, Arkansas, where he soon finds himself against assorted skinheads, the Russian mafia, and militia groups.
Overly complicated, but still a solid and entertaining film, generally very well-received in Canada, with some unexpectedly nasty moments, some relentless pacing and a genuinely creepy soundtrack.
A listing of Montréal eyes.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith (original report, October 1999).
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