Mesrine (2008 film)  

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Mesrine is a two-part (Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One) 2008 French film directed by Jean-François Richet and written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Richet. The first part's script was based on the autobiographical book L'instinct de mort by French gangster Jacques Mesrine, while the second part detailed Mesrine's criminal career after his escape from prison, and his subsequent brutal end.



The film is divided into two parts, with various titles:

  1. Mesrine: L'instinct de mort (French for "Mesrine: Instinct for Death"); known in English as Public Enemy Number One (Part One), Mesrine: Part 1 - Death Instinct and Mesrine: Killer Instinct
  2. Mesrine: L'ennemi public № 1 (French for "Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1"); known in English as 'Public Enemy Number One (Part Two), Mesrine: Part 2 - Public Enemy #1 and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One


Part 1 and 2

Part 1

Part 2

Awards and nominations

Part 1 and 2

  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Actor – Leading Role (Vincent Cassel)
    • Won: Best Director (Jean-François Richet)
    • Won: Best Sound (Hervé Buirette, François Groult, Gérard Hardy, Jean Minondo, Loïc Prian and Alexandre Widmer)
    • Nominated: Best Cinematography (Robert Gantz)
    • Nominated: Best Costume Design (Virginie Montel)
    • Nominated: Best Editing (Bill Pankow and Hervé Schneid)
    • Nominated: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Music Written for a Film (Marco Beltrami and Marcus Trumpp)
    • Nominated: Best Production Design (Emile Ghigo)
    • Nominated: Best Writing – Adaptation (Abdel Raouf Dafri and Jean-François Richet)


The critic aggregator RottenTomatoes certified the movie "fresh" with both parts having 84% of critics favorable. The first part was found "undeniably uneven, but Vincent Cassel's electrifying performance makes Mesrine: Killer Instinct a gangster biopic worth seeking out. "

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