Director: David Perrault
Cast: Denis Menochet, Jean-Pierre Martins, Constance Dolle, Philippe Nahon
Country: France, 2013
Duration: 100 minutes
Rating: M – violence.
Shot in luminous black and white, Our Heroes Died Tonight is a stylish neo-noir knockout. This ultra hip retro debut for writer-director David Perrault gives a respectful nod to the work of Jean-Pierre Melville, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.
Set in the criminal milieu of professional wrestling in the 1960s, the story follows Victor (Denis Ménochet of Inglourious Basterds), a gentle giant who turns to wrestling as a career after returning from a stint with the Foreign Legion in Algeria. Victor’s friend Simon (Jean-Pierre Martins), already established as “The Spectre” in the wrestling world, helps him to create an alter ego, “The Butcher”, and together they forge a lucrative rivalry. A decision to switch masks, however, leads to dire consequences as the pair falls foul of match-riggers and hit-men and are caught in a spiral of mortal danger.
Dark, thrilling and atmospheric, Our Heroes Died Tonight is filled with tough guys and tense set-pieces. Destined to be a cult classic, this stunning film demands to be seen on the big screen.