The known thief of objects of art Victor Lamber was released after seven years of imprisonment in prison. At once Victor goes to Moscow to learn terrible news: his son only three months ago was lost. Together with old friend Suliman Victor begins own investigation of death of the son and finds out that the young man was got involved in smuggling of jewelry and crossed the road to the authoritative bandit to Belinsky. Step by step, from one villain to another the father in search of vengeance moves, and nobody can disappear from his just anger.
Seriously, at the beginning of last year when Gerard Depardieu received the Russian passport, making the way through mistrustful muttering, through the laughter, many of us treated such "acquisition" with hope. Really, the actor big, with enormous experience, huge communications, fantastic authority. With such «Guus Hiddink from cinema» our film production and hire should win, make a quantum leap, in any case – to fly up. What occurred in practice? Our cinema did not fly up, and here Gerard considerably grew dull, soured and soars низенько, as before a big rain.
The director long could not pick up the actress for a role of the girlfriend of son Victor which would combine in itself vulnerability and force. After a casting lasting many days the role was received … by the Moscow translator Martineza Paulina Kuzminskaya for whom "Victor" became a debut at cinema
From Depardieu still not to take away desire to work, it gives out on kind полудюжине roles in a year, his talent was not gone, it still can both make laugh, and strike grief, his ability to charge with enthusiasm of surrounding people regularly works. The last is especially appreciable – under itself Gerard did "Rasputin", almost individually he acted as the initiator of shootings of «Dream league», now here essentially affected Victor project development. Initially screenwriter and the director Philippe Martinez planned to make the film about the hot Corsican man who is taking hard loss, but, having learned about Depardieu’s new nationality and having estimated the open spaces revealing before the film, quickly copied the scenario, having tired out action to Moscow and Chechnya.
Philippe Martinez when shooting one of key scenes broke a leg, but continued work on a picture, directing process of a wheelchair
However, big diligence there to put there was nothing. There is a feeling that the scenario was written to year so in the 1993rd, in those «dashing the ninetieth», and then simply lay in a table waiting for a successful case for realization. All these bandits, smuggling, prostitutes, hostesses of brothels, the irreconcilable Caucasians, the trampled honor and militian prosecutions – all this, no, did not disappear from screens, but somehow accepted more modern, civilized forms. "Victor" is a return to stylistics of plokhonky series of the NTV channel which has been nasty shot, badly played and absolutely far from reality.
And all right actors would play this game which has become permeated with the smell of naphthalene so they frankly suffer on the screen. For some reason the French-Russian picture is removed in English, thus, that all native speakers on the screen exactly one – Elizabeth Hurley. The others suffer, break language, bend the person, do not get to intonation and miss with emotions – a heart-breaking show.
Are not especially appreciable to an eye and enclosed in a picture of 10 million dollars of the production budget: da’s one least pursuit of steam of beautiful views of Moscow and Grozny is not that scope which can be expected. But the picture simply exudes with cruelty and hatred. To cut, heat, shoot … Revenge – business, of course, fascinating, but it is necessary to know a measure also. As if having been frightened of an unmotivated nightmare, authors added to a revenge subject for the son protection of the future, yet not born grandson. But also it does not justify Victor Lamber’s real atrocity.
However the most important question after "Victor’s" viewing there is a question "What for?". Hardly the revenge history in general can be instructive, too it is a difficult subject to pack it into a set of pursuits and firefights. You will not call a picture and the card of Moscow and Russia – we so, first, long ago we do not live, and secondly who to us after the such will go? At last, it is difficult to present that from "Victor’s" creation will learn any positive lesson our Fund of cinema pro-sponsoring this coproduction. It was expected by our film functionaries from cooperation of Russia and France? The drowned bandits and the feet pierced with forks? Well, then excuse.