A shaggy, sun-soaked variation on the glistening BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1955), whose smartly swaggering reinvention of American gangster-movie clichés made it a seminal influence on France's nouvelle vague
generation, Jordan's film runs parallel to Jean-Pierre Melville's. Sometimes the two versions are so close they nearly touch, at others they diverge dramatically. Bob Montagnet (Nick Nolte) is a big, slow-moving bottom-feeder in the small, murky pond of Nice's multiethnic demimonde. A gambler and a junkie whose luck has gone south and who knows full well he's too old to be tying off in barroom toilets, Bob glides through the low life on a stream of style and manne...