My New Partner
My New Partner is a 1984 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi, starring Philippe Noiret and Thierry Lhermitte. Noiret plays a streetwise Paris policeman who takes kickbacks from the minor criminals on his beat to allow them to continue. At the start of the film, his partner is busted for corruption and he narrowly escapes. He is assigned an idealistic new partner fresh from police academy. He sets out to corrupt his new partner and, after a slow start, succeeds spectacularly.
|My New Partner|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Claude Zidi|
|Produced by||Claude Zidi|
|Written by||Claude Zidi|
|Music by||Francis Lai|
|Edited by||Nicole Saulnier|
The original French title is Les Ripoux, which can be translated as "the corrupt ones". The term is verlan, a type of slang where syllables of words are pronounced in reverse order; ri-pou(x) thus inverts pou-rri(s), which means "rotten". (The final x or s, making the word plural, is silent.) The film is also known as Le Cop. It won the César Award for Best Film in 1985. Two sequels were later made: Ripoux contre Ripoux (1990) and Ripoux 3 (2003).
- César Awards (France)
- Won: Best Director (Claude Zidi)
- Won: Best Editing (Nicole Saunier)
- Won: Best Film
- Nominated: Best Actor – Leading Role (Philippe Noiret)
- Nominated: Best Writing – Original (Claude Zidi)