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Watch: Jean Dujardin Is the French Popeye Doyle in ‘The Connection’ Trailer

Watch: Jean Dujardin Is the French Popeye Doyle in 'The Connection' Trailer

Watch the trailer for “The Connection,” a European spin on 1971’s “The French Connection” starring Jean Dujardin as a magistrate working to take down the organized drug trade in Marseille. 

Directed Cedric Jimenez shot his crime epic on 35mm to give it the flavor of the gritty William Friedkin classic that won Gene Hackman a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of undeterred police detective Popeye Doyle. Here’s the synopsis:

Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime.  He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over.  Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all.

Based on a true story and known as “La French” overseas, the film ignited a pre-buy bidding war after Gaumont Film Company unveiled eight minutes of promo footage at Cannes this year. Drafthouse Films promptly snapped it up for North American distribution.

Drafthouse Films wanted to “get young audiences excited about foreign language film,” said CEO Tim League. “Nothing excited us more than ‘La French.'” The film will screen selectively in the original 35mm format.

A box office hit in France, the film will open stateside May 15. THR calls it “An exciting, epic policier with whiffs of both its American cousin and Scorsese,” just as we hoped.

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