Disassembly (far from the ring road), with Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte, premiering on Netflix
Omar Sy plays Captain Ousmane Diakité, a Parisian police officer in the crime squad, who finds himself stuck with an unlikely partner, François Monge (played by Laurent Lafitte), to investigate a murder. Disassembly is the sequel to a popular 2012 film, directed by David Charhon, On the other side of the tracks (On the other side of the device), which saw the two characters of Ousmane and François meet for the first time. They are two very different cops, with very different styles and backgrounds. This first film was seen by more than two million spectators in France when it was released in theaters in 2012. This new film sees the two police officers reuniting around a new case.
Disassembly is clearly aimed at fans of Lupine can’t wait for the next season of the popular series to be released. Although formulaic in its form, the film attempts to address deeper social themes. On the performance side, Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte continue to form a great duo. Since this is a sequel, however, there is less emphasis on their opposing and clashing personalities. If you haven’t seen On the other side of the tracks, many references will be lost to you in this film.
In the 2012 film, François, a policeman from the affluent neighborhoods of Paris, was to team up with Ousmane, a policeman from the Parisian suburbs, to solve a case. Disassembly takes place ten years later. François still lives a life full of privileges, living in his parents’ large Paris apartment. When it comes to his career in the police, however, everything seems to be going downhill for François, who is not at all liked by his colleagues. By contrast, Ousmane is a rising star in the police force and is now head of the Paris criminal division. Ousmane rarely follows the rules in his investigations. The start shows him thrown into an MMA fight as he attempts to stop an MMA fighter, suggesting that Ousmane will break the rules to get to the bottom of a case.
Ousmane and François are reunited and team up again when a man’s body is found, torn in two, between two train cars at a Paris train station. Or to be more precise, Ousmane is on the case to investigate, and François uses his connections (obviously, his mother) to impose himself on the investigation team with Ousmane. The logic here isn’t very clear, but it means they have to pair up again. Their investigation takes them out of Paris to a small village in the Alps, where a far-right politician is the mayor. They team up with local policewoman Alice (played by Izïa Higelin), who quickly becomes a potential love interest for Ousmane.
While Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte have great chemistry – clearly one of the reasons the 2012 film did so well in France – some comedies feel a bit dated in Disassembly. The film does best in its action sequences and its attempts at social commentary. As Ousmane and François investigate, they discover that something far more disturbing is brewing in this seemingly quiet provincial town. The two Parisian cops find themselves confronted with a close-knit community, openly racist and with nationalist tendencies. The film here clearly suggests the growing popularity of far-right political parties in France.
Disassembly is overall an entertaining, if overly stereotypical, French version of the cop cop movie, with two very engaging leads.