Roschdy Zem and Leila Bekhti turn detective in Pierre Jolivet's Armed Hands

The fight against drug and arms trafficking takes centre stage in Armed Hands, the 14th film by French director Pierre Jolivet. This exciting thriller, lasting 105 minutes, won acclaim at the Cognac Police Film Festival 2012 and the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2013.

The charismatic Roschdy Zem (Point Blank, Happy Few, Outside the Law) stars in the title, making this his fifth collaboration with Jolivet following Fred, My Little Business, Sole Sisters and The Very Very Big Company. It also features rising star Leila Bekhti (The Source, All That Glitters) as well as French actor and singer Marc Lavoine (French Men 1, 2, 3).

Co-written by Jolivet and his regular collaborator Simon Michael, the film tells the story of 46-year-old Lucas (Roschdy Zem), a policeman heading up the arms-trafficking unit in Marseille, and Maya (Leila Bekhti), a 25-year-old police officer in the Paris drug squad. With criminals being caught red-handed, robberies and tip-offs all on the agenda, their investigations and lives become increasingly entangled.

Armed Hands is an example of the French crime genre's return to the big screen, which has been led in part by Olivier Marchal (36 Quai des Orfèvres).

The film was released in French, Belgian and Swiss cinemas in July 2012, after being made in summer 2011. French magazine Telerama praised the "new take on the detective genre which maintained a classic approach through clever directing".

Armed Hands, which is part of the Men on The Edge Collection from Walk This Way, will be available online from 22 April on iTunes in Poland, on iTunes and Google in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland, on iTunes, Google and Sony in Spain and Italy, and finally on the iTunes, Google, Amazon and Sony platforms in the UK.

The latest film by Pierre Jolivet, The Night Watchman, starring Olivier Gourmet and Valérie Bonneton, was released in French theatres on 8 April.

09 April 2015, by Cineuropa

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