MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,893 this week

Vandal (2013)

 |  Drama  |  9 October 2013 (France)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 116 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 6 critic

Like the stolen car he is driving in circles, Chérif's life is going nowhere in a hurry. When he is arrested for the umpteenth time, Chérif's exasperated mother strikes a last-chance deal ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (scenario), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $0.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 475 titles
created 21 Sep 2011
 
a list of 95 titles
created 11 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1183 titles
created 25 Jun 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 01 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Vandal" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Vandal (2013)

Vandal (2013) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Vandal.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Stephan Streker
Stars: Vincent Rottiers, Ymanol Perset, Olivier Gourmet
Eastern Boys (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Ukraine. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Campillo
Stars: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyov
Extrasystole (2013)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Extrasystole: A premature heart contraction, which interrupts the heartbeat.

Director: Alice Douard
Stars: Mathilde Poymiro, Laetitia Dosch, Claire Barrault
Purple Noon (1960)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Director: René Clément
Stars: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt
Breathe (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

It is tale of two teenage girls who develop an intense and dangerous friendship. Charlie is a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, disillusionment and solitude. When the beautiful and ... See full summary »

Director: Mélanie Laurent
Stars: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A 30 year-old scholar, intelligent and beautiful yet socially crippled, is forced to attend a bachelorette party where her quest for authenticity leads to an unavoidable confrontation with old acquaintances.

Director: Monia Chokri
Stars: Magalie Lépine Blondeau, Anne Dorval, Sophie Cadieux
Hippocrates (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Benjamin is going to become a great doctor, he is sure of it. But his first experience as junior doctor in his father's service, the Professor Barois, does not turn out the way he hoped it ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Lilti
Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Jacques Gamblin, Reda Kateb
Pause I (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Mathieu Urfer
Stars: Baptiste Gilliéron, Julia Faure, André Wilms
Yema (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Djamila Sahraoui
Stars: Djamila Sahraoui, Samir Yahia, Ali Zarif
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Daniel Leconte
Stars: Elisabeth Badinter, François Bayrou, Christophe Bigot
Aïssa (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Aissa is Congolese and is presently residing illegally on French territory. She claims to be a minor however the authorities believe she is over 18. In order to establish whether or not she... See full summary »

Director: Clément Tréhin-Lalanne
Stars: Manda Touré, Bernard Campan
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Carine May, Hakim Zouhani
Stars: Vessale Lezouache, Alexandre Rohr, Hamid Berkouz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zinedine Benchenine ...
Chérif
Chloé Lecerf ...
Elodie
Emile Berling ...
Thomas
...
Paul, l'oncle
Brigitte Sy ...
Christine, la tante
Ramzy Bedia ...
Farid, le père (as Ramzy)
...
Hélène, la mère
Kévin Azaïs ...
Johan
Isabelle Sadoyan ...
Grand-mère
Corinne Masiero ...
La juge
Damien Gouy ...
L'avocat
Yoann Blanc ...
Professeur CAP
Yazid Benchenine ...
Ilias, le petit frère
Sophie Cattani ...
Laure
Sava Lolov ...
Philippe
Edit

Storyline

Like the stolen car he is driving in circles, Chérif's life is going nowhere in a hurry. When he is arrested for the umpteenth time, Chérif's exasperated mother strikes a last-chance deal with a judge to send the troubled juvenile to live quietly with his aunt and uncle and attend vocational school. Chérif's earnest attempt to go straight is sending him directly to the doldrums, until he discovers that his even straighter-laced cousin Thomas is actually part of a local gang of taggers, who roam the night bombing walls and overpasses in the shadow of a mysterious tagger whose death-defying works have made him a legend.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (France)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Zino (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Frenzy
22 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(Screened as part of the myFrenchFilmFestival.com that is underway only on screens - the TV link does not work for most of the features and the shorts, no matter what anyone else might tell you).

We have seen many, many movies about disturbed youth trying to let off some steam in various ways, and for all intents and purposes, they have all needed to be really intense in their narrations, and show an arc to their protagonists.

This one's no different.

In that it has intensity in spades, angry adults who may/may not be responsible for the waywardness of their wards too, in spades.

What this has, that makes it a better study in comparison to (some/most, depending on who you're talking to) its contemporaries, is a throbbing, fab soundtrack, and suitably real-like characters, who seem and behave in an (for lack of a better word at this time) earthy manner/fashion.

There's not much exposition going into the tale, but by the end of it all, we have a fairly decent idea on what propels our protagonist. And yes, he's more the protagonist material than the antagonist material, though the background is seeped in Grey for most of the running time.

Speaking of which, the lack of a suitably strong antagonist (I thought there was one for part of the running time, the eponymous 'one', so to speak) kinda goes against the grain of the flick, esp. since the 'anger' of the protagonist needs a decent outlet, so to speak, and though he's suitably self-destructive enough for us to see that aspect unfold, it still makes for (relatively) less-engaging viewing.

The performances match the characterization, and the casting supports it to the extent expected. This is a work from someone in control of all aspects involved in narrating the movie, and it shows in the control implicit in all of those aspects coming to fruition on the screen as we are swept into the events that unfold.

What goes against this tale, in my humble opinion, especially for seasoned movie-watchers / book-readers, is the predictability of it all. In spite of all the things it does get right, when you lay it bare, especially in hindsight, there's nothing new about any of the events you get to watch. Keeping that in mind, the fact that it is nevertheless narrated at a crisp pace, and still makes for engrossing viewing, is definitely a decent achievement.

A good watch, preferably with a like-minded audience, preferably on the big screen, and with a decent sound system.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Vandal (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?