Une Journee en Taxi (1982)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Film, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Canada, France  |  
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French filmmaker Robert Menard made his directorial debut with Une Journee en Taxi. Giles Renaud plays the imprisoned "fall guy" for a gang of bank robbers. Given a 36 hour parole, Menard is determined to track down and kill the man responsible for his incarceration. He hails a taxi, driven by lonely, garrulous Jean Yanne. As the friendship between fellow misfits Renaud and Yanne deepens, the convict begins to have second thoughts about vengeance. When Renaud does catch up with his quarry, Yanne finds himself "refereeing" the showdown. Une Journee en Taxi is highlighted by several jokes comparing Montreal with Paris, which most certainly raised a few chuckles in Canada and France but didn't play as well in English-speaking countries.

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bank-robbery, cab-driver, friendship, revenge, taxi, parole