Sent down for six years for an unspecified crime, illiterate French-Arab teen Malik El Djebena (Rahim) is initiated into the prison’s criminal underworld. A fast learner, he soon starts to plot his rapid ascendancy through the violent and brutal hierarchy of his fellow inmates to become a formidable player.
A modern French crime epic where the smudges and crossings out do not diminish the passages of great dreamlike power.
Reviewed by Andrew Male
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