Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Bolstered by the buoyant performance by Jacques Dutronc as a car-mechanic turned pro-thief, this French film follows the exploits of Jacques (Dutronc) and his Jewish co-conspirator Simon (Jacques Villeret) as their robberies, beginning well before the Second World War, take on a political coloration under the occupation. Tempted into thievery when their auto-repair business handles a car which can outrun police vehicles, they are constantly pursued by the hard-working policeman Blanchot (Bruno Cremer). During the occupation, the duo lend their skills to the resistance, and the policeman briefly becomes their ally, only to resume his pursuit of these charming criminals after the war.
mechanic, on-the-run, police, resistance, robbery, war