Tais-Toi! (Shut Up!) (12A) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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The Independent Culture

Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu, together at last! Not that this daft farce, from the screenwriter of La cage aux folles, is an obvious vehicle for France's biggest stars. Reno is an underworld killer who refuses to rat on his nasty boss. The authorities lock him up with Depardieu, a simple-minded thief who won't shut up, in the hope that sheer irritation will drive him to talk. It's decently constructed, with some amusing jokes, but very old-fashioned, like a Gallic remake of a Boulting Brothers comedy; I can imagine Peter Sellers and George Cole in the Reno and Depardieu parts.

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