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Watch: Jean Dujardin Goes Bang Bang in NSFW ‘The Connection’ RedBand Trailer

Watch: Jean Dujardin Goes Bang Bang in NSFW 'The Connection' RedBand Trailer


READ MORE: Watch: Pulse-Pounding International Trailer For Gritty Crime Pic ‘The Connection’ Starring Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin may have won Best Actor in 2011 for his expressive turn in “The Artist,” but his post-Oscar English-language career has been largely forgettable thanks to fleeting turns in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Monument’s Men.” But if the cleverly edited teaser trailer for French crime drama “The Connection” is any indication, returning to his native tongue might be just the thing for Dujardin to once again win over domestic indie moviegoers. 

Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, “The Connection” is a 1970’s crime thriller that represents the European flip side to William Friedkin’s “The French Connection.” Dujardin stars as Pierre Michel, a real-life Marseilles magistrate who went on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history. His efforts lead him directly to Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), a charismatic and wealthy kingpin who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the United States.

With shots evoking the camera movements of Scorsese and a sultry French cover of Cher’s hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” the red band teaser trailer above suggests a stylish and violent crime drama that would fit right at home alongside the classics of the ’70s. The film was even shot entirely on 35mm film.

Drafthouse Films will release “The Connection” in theaters May 15. Fans eager to check out the drama can see it this weekend when it makes its U.S. Premiere during the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2015. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cédric Jimenez and co-stars Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche and Audrey Diwan. Click here for more information. 

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