Thanks for the suggestion!!! I have checked out the trailer for The Card Player; the film I'm on a quest to finding has a similar vibe / aura to The Card Player, but certainly isn't it. I'm positive the film I'm after was made before 2002, as I watched it in my old home that I moved out of in 2002. Really trying to remember any other details, but the only new thing I can remember is the film may have been French.
Really appreciate the feedback though!
Edit - It could also have been Italian...In fact, most likely Italian but possibly French.