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directed by Helier Cisterne
France 2013


After being busted for a repeat offense of stealing and joyriding a car, young Cherif (Zinedine Benchenine) is saved from a juvenile detention sentence when his mother (Marina Fois, POLISSE) arranges for him to stay with his aunt and uncle (DECLARATION OF WAR's Brigitte Sy and THE BIG BLUE's Jean-Marc Barr) in Strasbourg and enroll in a local vocational school and reconcile with his estranged father Farid (Ramzy Bedia, DON'T DIE TOO HARD!) who lives nearby with his pregnant new wife (Sophie Cattani, TOMBOY). Cherif feels imprisoned his uncle's home until his straight-laced cousin Thomas (Emile Berling, SUMMER HOURS) sneaks out with him and reveals that he is part of a gang of taggers known as ORK executing collaborative works of art/vandalism by night. They are however overshadowed by the even more impressive art of lone wolf "Vandal" who records his police-flaunting exploits as he hits premium spots all over the town. At first, Cherif serves as lookout to the taggers and then junior collaborator. At the school, Cherif gets into fights with fellow (white) students, but strikes up a friendship and growing attraction to tomboyish but mature Elodie (Chloe Lecerf). When he attempts to share his new-found passion with Elodie, however, he alienates himself from her and his friends who are wary of strangers who might snitch on them. During a visit home, Cherif feels himself growing more distanced from his little brother who is looking to his mother's new boyfriend as a father figure. When Cherif believes he has discovered the lair of "Vandal", he uses it as a way to get back into the group; but things take a tragic turn and Cherif is left with the choice to run away or reinvent himself.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 9 October 2013 (France)

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DVD Review: First Run Features - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:24:15

1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s


NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French/Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English (optional)
Features Release Information:
Studio: First Run Features

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
� Start-up trailers for 'Through a Lens Darkly, 'Same Same But Different', and 'Maidentrip'

DVD Release Date: 10 February 2015

Chapters 9





First Run Features' single-layer DVD features a respectful (especially considering their earlier DVD releases) progressive, anamorphic transfer of this often low-lit film and has retained the original 5.1 track. French dialogue is translated via optional English subtitles, although some Arabic is untranslated (appropriate since the protagonist does not understand the language). There are absolutely no extras apart from start-up trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas


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