Rififi ★★★★★

What a blast. The alarm testing/prep sequence is amazing. The heist itself is perfect. The whole thing has an air of realism that is often missing from these type of flicks. The titular song is a banger and the shadow performance adds a nice visual element. The post-heist wraps everthing up nicely while remaining engaging. It's quite bleak and sad. Despite characters' flaws I found them to be well constructed and full. The balloon scene feels thematically important. Our gang pulls it off only to lose their grasp on the situation, imparting fatal consequences upon themselves.

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