Schlock-Wire: Seek ASYLUM On DVD From Synapse Films

The week of November 13th is going to be a busy one for Synapse, with three simultaneous releases.  The least-known of this upcoming pack is Asylum, a French thriller also known under the title I Want To Be A Gangster.  This independent effort from filmmaker Oliver Chateau blends the crime film with survival thriller elements and will be presented in an anamorphic transfer.  Synapse will also throw in a handful of extras, including a short film by the director.  Read on for all the frightfully French details…

Asylum (aka I Want to Be a Gangster) [DVD]

Director: Olivier Chateau

Starring: Julien Courbey, Jean-Marie Lamour, Jacques Frantz

Run Time: 82 minutes

Release Date: November 13, 2012

Language: French

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Format: DVD

Region: All Regions


A small time hood has aspirations for big time crime, but his entire life hangs in the balance as he struggles to survive!  The fantastic independent crime thriller ASYLUM is coming from Synapse Films!

A small-time crook named Jack (Julien Courbey) wants to move up the underworld hierarchy to become a big-time gangster.  After a deadly mistake that almost costs him his life, he gets the opportunity and it’s much more than he bargained for!  Chained to a tree and left to die with no food or water, he has to use his sharp wits and knowledge to survive this horrible torture. Encountering predators both animal and human, Jack fights for his life as he struggles mentally with his career choice.  He wants to be a gangster, but at what cost?

ASYLUM (aka I WANT TO BE A GANGSTER) is a fantastic independent film from French director Olivier Chateau. Shot in standard definition with a strange desaturated sepia color palette and intentionally degraded grainy picture quality, this film has a unique look that sucks you in and never lets you go.


  • “Making of” Featurette
  • “Homer” – A Short Film by Olivier Chateau
  • Original Promotional Trailer

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