Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, Ladj Ly’s explosive feature debut won the Jury prize at Cannes and was nominated for Best International Feature at the Oscars. France has won the World Cup. The scene should be one of happiness but in tough, impoverished banlieue Montfermeil – also the backdrop of Victor Hugo’s classic historical novel – new arrival Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) immediately meets trouble with the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwanda (Djebril Zonga), he struggle to maintain order between the local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, all three officer must reckon with the aftermath to keep the neighbourhood from spiralling out of control. Pacy, intense with a palpable sense of realism and foreboding, it’s urgent depiction of police brutality echoes across the globe.
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