After going Hollywood with a remake of “Assault on Precinct 13,” with Laurence Fishburne and Ethan Hawke, Richet returned to French cinema with “Mesrine,” a high-voltage, big-budget gangster pic. The intensity of “Mesrine” partly comes from its condensed action, Richet explains. “I don’t fall in love with shots,” he says. “I just cut when I’ve made my point.” Up next is a film lensed between Los Angeles and Mexico about the Drug Enforcement Agency, penned by “Mesrine” scripter Abdel Raouf Dafri.

“I want to make genre films that reflect what’s going on in society,” Richet says.

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