Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two men find themselves pulled away from their natures by otherworldly forces in this French comedy. While they're very different people, Antoine Carco (Gerard Depardieu), the owner of a strip club in Paris, and Father Tarain (Christian Clavier), a straight-laced man of the cloth, have one thing in common -- both are followed by guardian angels who guide them and tell them what to do. However, the good father's angel has a wild streak and likes urging him into trouble, while Carco's is very proper and a bit appalled with what he does for a living. When friend of Carco's is killed in Hong Kong, Carco honors the man's last request and flies to Hong Kong to bring his son back to Paris to be with his mother. Carco is also asked to fetch some money from members of the Triads (the Hong Kong Mafia), but this doesn't go over especially well with the mobsters. To insure the boy's safe return, Carco asks Father Tarain, who has been traveling, to take the boy back to Paris for him. The father agrees and takes the boy, not knowing that Carco stashed $40 million in Triad money in the kid's suitcase. Before long, Carso's conscience is bothering him about his recklessness, while Father Tarain's guardian angel is encouraging him to take a walk on the wild side.
guardian-angel, priest, conscience, deathbed-wish, good-vs-evil, greed, on-the-road, on-the-run, playboy, robbery, smuggling, corpse