"Silence pervades most of the action in Le Deuxième souffle, a French gangster film where music is used sparingly and characters are reticent (it takes seven minutes for us to receive the first line of dialogue). Director Jean-Pierre Melville aspires to create organic suspense sequences where character movement is precious and the camera is respectfully observational – and boy, does it work. The film contains a much revered heist sequence where the anticipation plays out with realistic and unbearable intensity."
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"Unless you stay to the very end of the credits — in which it states that a portion of the film’s proceeds are being donated to homeless shelters and urges viewers to contribute further — the film feels like a message movie without the message."