French crooner Johnny Hallyday teams up with the legendary Jean Rochefort (aka The Man Who Was Almost Don Quixote) in this diverting Gallic fable. Hallyday plays Milan, a terse stranger who arrives in a small French town to rob a bank and ends up lodging with Rochefort's poetry-reading bachelor.
With this simple set-up, director Patrice Leconte (Ridicule) crafts a sumptuous film about two ageing men who want to swap places, adding unexpected depth with a series of tongue-in-cheek nods to classic Westerns. Hallyday plays the thief like an ageing gunslinger past his prime, while Rochefort is the retiring schoolteacher desperate to learn how to talk the talk and walk the walk. Marvellous, magical stuff.