Vidocq aka Dark Portals:The Chronicles of Vidocq is brought to by the fact it’s expiring out of the Netflix instant streaming as of tomorrow. I really wish I had seen it earlier, because I would highly recommend watching it.
Based on the memoirs of Francois-Eugene Vidocq this movie follows his pursuit of a very unusual assassin responsible for the bizarre deaths of three important french men. The connection between these men and the assassin takes us into the seedier side of 1830’s Paris. A city at the heart of a country on the brink of revolution.
This move starts out interestingly enough with a battle between our main character and the assassin, clad in dark cape and hood with a blank mask, reflectively like a mirror. Vidocq (Gerard Depardieu) gets a peek under the mask before falling in the fiery pit.
Next the papers and people are shouting Vidocq is dead. What? You kill off the main character in the first five minutes of the movie? And more importantly why. Don’t worry, enter Etienne Boisset (Guillaume Canet) official biographer of Vidocq come to Paris to solve the crime and finish his biography with naming Vidocq’s killer on the last page. Never mind the fact that the police and Vidocq business partner Nimier are also working the case.
Not being a seasoned detective Etienne lumbers all over the investigation, while finding answers doesn’t cover his tracks and puts the people he questions in danger. All to find an answer that many will find it hard to except.
Not only does the mystery draw you in but also the costumes, the scenery, the cinematography, especially with the fight scenes. The fight scenes are interesting, especially a story set in 1830. I don’t know how much of the story is accurate to Vidocq’s actual memoirs but the movie itself is quite fascinating.