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A Clever Crook (2018)

Un beau voyou (original title)
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Commissioner Beffrois waits for retirement with mixed enthusiasm when a theft of paintings catches his attention. Is it the elegance of the process? The audacity of the crime? The beauty of... See full summary »


Lucas Bernard


Lucas Bernard



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Berling ... Commissaire Marc Beffrois
Swann Arlaud ... François Albagnac, dit Bertrand ou Antoine
Jennifer Decker ... Justine (as Jennifer Decker de la Comédie Française)
Jean-Quentin Châtelain Jean-Quentin Châtelain ... Charles
Erick Deshors Erick Deshors ... Bertaud
Anne Loiret ... Mme Maupas
Christian Benedetti Christian Benedetti ... Le juge
Pierre Aussedat Pierre Aussedat ... Le père de Bertrand
Marina Moncade Marina Moncade ... La mère de Bertrand
Victor Pontecorvo ... Arthur Beffrois
Samuel Brafman-Moutier ... Paul Beffrois (as Samuel Brafman)
Alassane Diong Alassane Diong ... Le jeune voleur
Renan Carteaux Renan Carteaux ... Le frère de Bertrand
Yasmine Nadifi Yasmine Nadifi ... La plaignante
Paul Minthe Paul Minthe ... Le prof de sport


Commissioner Beffrois waits for retirement with mixed enthusiasm when a theft of paintings catches his attention. Is it the elegance of the process? The audacity of the crime? The beauty of the stolen work? Belfry launches in search of an atypical thief, a real draft, an acrobat in his spare time. Written by Hugo Van Herpe

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Release Date:

2 January 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Clever Crook See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


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1.89 : 1
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Paris is clearly one of the characters of A beautiful thug (Un beau voyou). Lucas Bernard took a lot of fun filming his rooftops and streets, and his different neighborhoods. See more »

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Tu parles, Charles!
27 November 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

First effort by Lucas Bernard ,both director and screenwriter;his work as a writer leaves a lot to be desired : his story is complicated instead of complex, full of plot holes ,and it's really difficult to pigeonhole the movie: a detective story? rehersals for retirement?(isn't it a bit ironical for a first work?)A (bland) love story?a depiction of social customs of contemporary times?A gibe at modern art ?A tribute to Arsene Lupin and to Louis Feuillade 's Musidora of the silent era?

It does not make a good movie for all that .In the first part ,every scene seems to be the beginning of the film ,and the cop's investigation ,apart from some good lines such as: "the robberies in museums are risky :try to flog "Mona lisa!";so robbery in the wealthy parvenus's houses is a better job.

Fortunately , there are actors who can save something from the wreckage :an actor who works on stage as well as in the movies ,Charles Berling is one of them ;without him ,I would have yawned my head off all along this bore .In my book,everything rests on his shoulders : wearing a wry smile, often overtaken by events (like the cops in old Arsene Lupin), ill at ease in those galleries of weirdoes (the "invitation") or nouveaux riches (our hero does not have a clue in art),he walks through the film like a tourist , rehearsing for retirement .Too subtle a thespian for the part , he nonetheless succeeds in making us feel his fear of retiring (his "I 'll take care of my grandchildren" does not convince anybody ,even himself ): for that matter ,the very old grandad "they don't know to do with "is an ominous prospect .

He may envy the "beau Voyou" (beautiful lout),his youth and his attractive girlfriend ,but he had the last laugh (the very last picture).

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