“The Connection:” A well-known crime epic from a European perspective (Our grade: B)

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Jean Dujardin, who won an Oscar for “The Artist,” stars in “The Connection.”
Jean Dujardin, who won an Oscar for “The Artist,” stars in “The Connection.”

Jean Dujardin, who won an Oscar for “The Artist,” stars in “The Connection.”

Not to be too vernacular about it, but Cédric Jimenez loves him some classic post-war crime movies, several of which star Al Pacino.

On the surface, the French director’s “The Connection” — a 2014 picture now distributed by Drafthouse Films — is a riff on William Friedkin’s iconic and, admittedly, Pacino-less 1976 film “The French Connection.” It is the same story from, if you will, the other side, a saga of French law enforcement trying to smash one of the era’s most notorious heroin rings.

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