Le Trou (1960)
10/10
One of the Best (if not The Best) Films of Prison and Betrayal
24 July 2011
Warning: Spoilers
In 1947, in La Santé Prison in Paris, the inmate Claude Gaspard (Mark Michel) is transferred to the cell of Geo Cassine (Michel Constantin), Roland Darbant (Jean Keraudy), Manu Borelli (Philippe Leroy) and Vossellin a.k.a. Monseigneur (Raymond Meunier). Gaspard befriends the four cell-mates that sooner disclose to him that they have long sentences and they have plotted an escape plan from the prison. Gaspard joins the quartet, digging a tunnel through the sewage system. One the day that they are ready to go, Gaspard is called to the warden's office and learns that his wife has dropped her accusation against him. He stays for two hours with the warden (André Bervil) and when he returns to the cell, his mates have serious suspicions about what he had talked to the warden.

"Le Trou" is one of the best (if not the best) films of prison and betrayal. The story is extremely realistic and has no clichés and does not provide information from the past of the prisoners. But show their skills with tools, transforming simple objects in useful tools to accomplish their goal. The most impressive is that they are really digging concrete and cleaning their mess, showing that the cell-mates might have come from the working-class. The conclusion…well, see it and fell what I (and certainly most of the viewers) have felt with this awesome film. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A Um Passo da Liberdade" ("At One Step to Freedom")
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