Erik Van Looy’s film is a tense, brilliant, suspenseful and hypnotically absorbing thriller like only Europeans can make them. Jan Decleir gives a riveting performance as Angelo Ledda, a hitman from Marseilles heired to travel to Antwerp, Belgium and snuff out the last remaining connections to a child prostitution ring. Showing symptoms of an onset of Alzheimer’s, Ledda has a sudden strike of conscience and can’t go through with his job. His cohorts aren’t too happy about this either. Investigating the string of dead bodies that Angelo leaves in his wake is a detective named Vincke, who is just one step behind Angelo the entire time. This is a somewhat hyperkinetic, but thoughtful character study of cops and criminals, like something the great Jean-Pierre Melville could’ve made back in the day; near-perfect!

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