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Certificate 15
Vincent Cassel
Hubert Kounde
Said Taghmaoui
Abdel Ahmed Ghili
Mathieu Kassovitz
Mathieu Kassovitz
Running Time
97 minutes

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Three friends - Vinz, Said and Hubert - meet the morning after a riot sparked by the injury in police custody of a young man from their neighbourhood. While the three kill time, the violence of the previous night threatens to well up again.

Stark, exquisite black-and-white photography drains what little cheer there is out of the concrete jungle, creating an alien cityscape devoid of sunshine. But Mathieu Kassovitz's triumph is in finding humanity in every single one of his characters, whether its the three friends, a sympathetic policeman or an old man they encounter in a restroom.

Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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