Xavier Lombard is a world-weary private eye in London, in exile from his native Paris; his best friend is Nathalie, a high-class call girl. He gets a call from an old friend from the Paris police department, now a businessman whose brother-in-law is missing. The missing man’s parents hire Xavier over their daughter’s objections, and quickly he finds himself in the realm of children’s sexual slavery. He guesses that the lost son is dead and shifts his focus to finding and breaking this lucrative business of child trafficking. He involves a reluctant Nathalie to hunt “the Austrian,” the shadowy head of the business. Violence erupts quickly, and Xavier soon has little more to lose
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for scenes involving sexual exploitation of children, strong violence, language and some nudity
To know that these type of child sex operations exist and should be put down. You have to look away at times because it is very effective in suggesting what is taking place. To make us aware of such acts has to be the only reason to make this film. Any other reason would be a foolish perverted act.
The film is not fun nor is it that good but it has some moments of suspense and we enjoy the bad guys getting what they deserve. The child urinating was a bit over the top. Auteuil wears a weary expression. His character is not that exciting but he grows on you somewhat. The rest of the actors seem awkward and once again Nastassja Kinski was wasted.
Films like this leave me feeling like the end is near for us all.
Director: Chris Menges
Writers: Eric Leclere, Margaret Leclere
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Nastassja Kinski, Katrin Cartlidge
Country: UK | France | USA
Language: English | French
Release Date: 21 April 1999 (France)
Filming Locations: Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, UK
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.71 GiB
Duration : 1 h 42 min
Overall bit rate : 2 383 kb/s