Forget the charms of Paris, this is as real as Paris can get. Shown in London in the 22nd Raindance Film Festival 2014, Jean Luc Herbulot‘s fast paced crime thriller ‘Dealer’ shows the hidden side of Paris. He takes us down into the gutters and slaps us with a truth too hard to bear.

Salem Kali, Dan Bronchinson and Bruno Henry (R-L)

Salem Kali, Dan Bronchinson and Bruno Henry (R-L)

Starring in lead role, Dan Bronchinson gives his best performance. Dressed up as a low life gangster in a red jacket with CCCP printed on it, he gets deep into the mind of his character. Salem Kali in supporting role performs his character near to perfection. Elsa Madeleine plays the female lead as a prostitute opposite Dan Bronchinson with a very effective part in the film, and Bruno Henry plays the well dressed, soft spoken but very brutal villain.

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Elsa Madeleine

Elsa Madeleine


Dan (Dan Bronchinson), a low life gangster living in Paris wants to quit his job of being a drug dealer. Instead, he wants to move to Australia along with his daughter and settle there. Chance turns against him when he goes to his Boss (Dimitri Storoge) for the last time, but is instead given another assignment as the last one which would reward him with a larger sum of money. Thus begin the tumultuous 24 hours in Dan’s life in which he deals with a well suited gangster Boss (Bruno Henry), a scantily clad prostitute (Elsa Madeleine) with whom he lives and his partner (Salem Kali) who gets him into further trouble.

Dan Bronchinson

Dan Bronchinson

Being a trilogy, this is the first instalment. Keep an eye out for the next two films which will well, not really be sequels, but standalones. The film was largely shot in commando style in the suburbs of Paris, which brings the movie much nearer to life. The jerky camera movements and sudden changes in the scenes keep the audience completely engaged. The characters which are a reflection of a hidden and largely ignored society fill the audience with fear, while the sudden changes in the film plot keeps the audience guessing what will happen next. The film has such an impact that it for a moment kicks out the charms of Paris as the city of love, and turns it into a city of despair, where crime looms around every corner.

Director: Jean Luc Herbulot

Writer: Jean Luc Herbulot, Sammy Baaroun

Produced by: Multipass Prod

Cast: Dan Bronchinson, Elsa Madeleine, Salem Kali, Bruno Henry, Dimitri Storoge, Herve Babadi, Fatima Adoum, Didier Merigou, Tchewk Essafi.

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Action, Neo-Noir.

Country: France

Lanuage: French

Release Date: France     4th September 2014 (L’Entrange Festival)

Run Time: 75 min

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