96 Heures (96 Hours) is a taut French thriller directed by Frédéric Schoendoerffer and written by Philippe Isard from an adaption by Yann Brion.
Starring Gérard Lanvin and Niels Arestrup, it is the battle of wits between a Police Commissioner (Lanvin), who got his promotion for capturing a cunning criminal (Arestrup) 3 years prior.
Now, the criminal has turned the tables by setting up a supposed interogation by the Commissioner that will take him out of prison for 96 hours. He’s done this by threatening the life of the Commissioner’s wife (Anne Consigny).
What the criminal wants to know is who ratted on him, leading to his capture and the disappearance of the $8 million he stole.
The tense standoff leads to a surprising, open ending.
I give 96 Heures a 4 out of 5.
Hopefully, you can catch it on Netflix, if it doesn’t get a U.S. release.