36th Precinct (2004)
36 Quai des Orfèvres (Department 36) is a 2004 French film directed by Olivier Marchal and starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu. The film takes place in Paris, where two cops (Auteuil and Depardieu) are competing for the vacant seat of chief of the criminal investigation division while involved in a search for a gang of violent thieves. The film is directed by Olivier Marchal, a former police officer who spent 12 years in the French police before creating this story, which in part is taken from real events which occurred during the 1980s in France (see the gang des postiches arrest). The film was nominated for eight César Awards. The story revolves around Léo Vrinks, head of the BRI and Denis Klein, head of the BRB. Both want to catch a vicious gang of armoured-car robbers that have killed nine people. But with the announcement that the position of chief of the criminal investigation division in Paris is available, the rivalry pushes Klein to play dirty in order to get the promotion. Vrinks is a good investigative detective with a loyal cadre of detectives and officers, as well as a stable of unsavory informants he has cultivated over the years.