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EIFF 2017: Racer and the Jailbird Review | Enthuse

Chris Ranta from Enthuse writes: Racer and the Jailbird is a film that is just as difficult to talk about as it is to watch. Featuring two fantastic, but ultimately wasted leads, Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Colour), the film revolves around a race-car driver and a gangster who fall in love. Director Michaël R. Roskam’s previous film The Drop, is just as chocked full of cinematic tropes as Racer and the Jailbird, but the former, at least, succeeds at being somewhat engaging, while this film feels more enraging as it’s a tonal and storytelling disaster. It feels like a trilogy of cliched shorts with jarring tonal shifts that don’t mesh well together, and features characters that are idiotic and far from interesting.

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