The story takes place after the Second World War (1939-1945). After this war, there are many demonstrations in Algeria against the French colonial rule. Three Algerian brothers - Saïd (Jamel Debbouze), Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) and Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila) - decide to immigrate in France because of their political activities. Therefore, these brothers will be separated from their mother.
Messaoud joins the French army and is sent in French Indochina (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) to fight Vietnamese nationalists. In Paris, Abdelkader leads a group in favour of Algeria's independence. As for Saïd, he becomes wealthy in bars with a bad reputation and boxing clubs of Pigalle,