When a young Arab is arrested and beaten unconscious by police, a riot erupts in the notoriously violent suburbs outside of Paris. Three of the victim’s peers, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Said (Said Taghmaoui) and Hubert (Hubert Koundé), wander aimlessly about their home turf in the aftermath of the violence as they try to come to grips with their outrage over the brutal incident. After one of the men finds a police officer’s discarded weapon, their night seems poised to take a bleak turn.
Based on real events, Mathieu Kassovitz’s bold and inventive film, beautifully shot by Pierre Aïm, may be 25 years old, but in terms of its themes of social and economic divide and urban discontent, it feels just as fresh and relevant now.
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