You start watching, enjoy the atmosphere of contemporary Paris, and wait for a plot to unravel. After one hour of watching wannabe gangsters chatting and in night clubs, barbers and bars, your attention starts to fade. And there is not much more to it. This movie is well shot, but lacks stronger emotions and interesting story. Not worth the time imho.
An impressive film. More preoccupied with constructive relationships in its fluidic web of characters than the destructive derailments centerstage of other films among the 'New' "City-movies" (Berlin's VICTORIA, New York's GOOD TIME),the neighbourhood of Pigalle, Paris is nonetheless a character here,among this group of outliers and low lives trying to go by and better themselves-refreshing,realist drama,no artifice.
The movie realistically features multiple strippers, and prostitutes. The casual sexism displayed by the male protagonists is also realistic. The directors seem to endorse this by failing to portray these women as human beings: they play no bigger role than the bottles and cigarettes that entertain men. Pity because they seem to know how to arouse sympathy for other minor characters, like the homeless man or the aunt
Enjoyable first feature from directors Hame and Ekoue featuring a very strong turn by Reda Kateb as a recently released con given a brief taste of a better life before being conned himself. Set in the Pigalle district of Paris the vibrant life of the neighbourhood is well captured.
This film just made it into my favourites list no doubt. Bourokba and Labitey just gave a lesson in simplicity and effortlessness (flow). Sometimes that’s all it takes to tell a good story. If you judge this movie for what it is, and what it’s meant to portray, it’ll be hard to miss the point and ultimately leading to a more than pleasant viewing experience. This is no doubt a real attempt at storytelling.
It takes a talented and intelligent film maker to keep you interested in characters that just seem like a**holes and then create an unexpected turning point which makes you see them in a new light. realist in the best sense of the word- the day-to-day reality of Parisian life I recognise from living there. a deeply human story about the kind of men you might well write off.
Ein sehr berührender Film um die sterbende Hoffnung von einem Leben, in der man respektiert werden will. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt, aber sie stirbt. Ein Satz wird mir lange in Erinnerung bleiben: "Wir wuchsen auf wie auf Sand." Paris, fernab jeder Touristenidylle, geschwätzig und gnadenlos.
I enjoyed this very much. It shows a side of Paris we don't get to see so often in movies set there. This is the gritty Paris of the immigrant community and it is a million miles away from the cafes of the Left Bank where beautiful students discuss philosophy whilst having love affairs. This tale of two brothers was brilliantly acted. The only false note seemed Melanie Laurent as she seemed out of place here.
It’s a simple story, told and filmed in a bare-bones style. You swallow it like a good single malt whiskey, you feel good and then you forget about it except maybe for the farewell scene where brothers hug and go their ways. This will stay with you for a little while. And perhaps that’s good enough.
Though there is no shortage of French films about minority communities, it's rare you see one set intra-muros in Paris. This tale of an ex-con, played by the ever brilliant Kateb, trying to become legit (in Pigalle of all places!) is a well modulated film that will ring true to anyone who knows that part of Paris. Reminded me of Mean Streets, in a non-derivative way. Only flaw is Laurent, who looks a bit out of place
Pas mal, se laisse regarder malgré les dialogues assez faiblards (mais bon, vu la population montrée, c'est relativement réaliste :x), bons acteurs, scène à la fin à la terasse d'un café touchante. Mais voilà, triste image de Paris et de la France moderne qui, même si totalement naturaliste/vraie, fait toujours mal au coeur...