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Thursday, May 22, 2008


The old, old story, but done with taut style and a nice French twist. "Dris" is a 30-something mob guy, recently out of the can and trying to go straight, but drawn back in by his cousin (a rising boss) and his hot-headed kid brother. Territory poaching sets off a war with an older/bigger gang and the gimmick is that in modern day Paris the new mob is multi-cultural (Arab/Black/Gypsy) while the old line vets are Euro through & through. With a willing cast of beau mecs (French for an "ugly handsome" guy, oui?), director Manuel Boursinhac keeps the lines of action remarkably clear in Bibi Naceri’s somewhat repetitive screenplay. Only a by-the-numbers ending seriously disappoints.

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