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Racer and the Jailbird (15)

Racer and the Jailbird

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Thursday 30 Aug 201819:30 Book Now

Thrill-seeking rebellion runs rife in Michaël Roskam’s sexy slow-burner.


Experiencing a broken life since he was a teenager, Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts) has built a gang of thieves with his lifelong friends, selling themselves as businessmen while they plan out major robberies. When Gigi meets Bibi (Adele Exarchopoulos) a young racing car driver who captures his attention, their initial spark quickly blossoms into… true love.


Starting to sense a better life for himself beyond crime, Gigi passionately seeks a way out, but obligations to his partners must be met. Aiming for a large score to put an end to a lifetime of bad decisions, Gigi lands himself in deep, forcing a string of disastrous knock-ons and leaving Bibi caught between passion and confusion.


Roskam’s smooth, 70s-noir-triggered filmmaking divides the story into three chapters, the first two focusing on the main characters, the last containing the natural progression of their star-crossed romance as it faces inevitable, ill-planned challenges. All the while, Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos have such a blistering on-screen chemistry, we buy the union of Gigi and Bibi. Genuinely and refreshingly original in all the right ways. (Research Chris Coetsee) And it’s been luke-warmed by sniffy crits, so bound to be fabulous. Come, get caught up.