Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei, a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico, his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-police sharpshooter, Jansen, in a jewel heist. While Corey is harried by the vengeful Rico, Mattei pressures Santi, a nightclub owner and pimp, to help him trap the thieves. Over all hangs the judgment of the police directeur, that every man is guilty.
I love French movies and this is no exception. The cool, dark, cold characters that dance the thin black line of Film Noir and Scorsese mob movies.
The cinematography always slowly moving and the editing sometimes too patient allows the characters to breathe and the actors to create life and three dimensions.
The pay off at the end is quick and hot like a bullet to the heart. After two and half hours of investing in the criminal struggle it ends in a bloodbath that is shorter than Mattei feeding his cats. Although short, it's powerful and leaves you with the feeling that maybe the ending of "The Departed" touches on. While "The Departed" cuts off your legs and blows your brains Le Cercle Rouge
punches you in the stomach and leaves you hunched over and completely satisfied.
If you have patience for long classic cinema then: