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May Allah Bless France! (2014)

Qu'Allah bénisse la France! (original title)
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The true story of a French teenager rising out of the underprivileged suburbs through love, education and rap music. Regis is a culturally gifted boy who dreams of success for his rap band,... See full summary »

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Régis / Abd Al Malik
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Nawel
Larouci Didi ...
Samir
Mickaël Nagenraft ...
Mike
Matteo Falkone ...
Pascal
Stéphane Fayette-Mikano ...
Bilal
Mireille Perrier ...
Mlle Schaeffer, la prof de philo
Abdelmajid 'Mickey' Barja ...
Rachid
Fatou-Clo ...
Angélique, la mère de Régis
Sims Francis Matula ...
Le cousin parisien
Zesau ...
Pot-de-Colle
Maxime Tshibangu ...
Oncle Jean
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Le caïd (as Gianni Donato Giardinelli)
Karim Belkhadra ...
L'imam
Djemel Barek ...
Le hajj
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The true story of a French teenager rising out of the underprivileged suburbs through love, education and rap music. Regis is a culturally gifted boy who dreams of success for his rap band, but he must accept drug money for the sake of his project. Discovering Islam and love, he bears with the harsh loss and paybacks of delinquency, until he finds the strength to express himself through music and slam-poetry and ultimately becomes a major artist of the French music scene. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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A major film to understand the French youngsters despair.

I guess this movie won't get the notoriety spread that Mathieu Kassovitz' LA HAINE or Jean-François Richet's MA 6T VA CRAQUER, knew twenty years ago. Important films which talked about the wrath in the suburbs, the ravages of poverty and the devastating impact that all the drug use, racism and unemployment had on the people, especially the youngsters. This very movie is shot in black & white, to emphasize on the atmosphere of the whole story. So were LA HAINE or the previous film Jean-François Richet made just before MA 6T...( Please check on IMDb, I don't remember the title. Sorry)

This movie doesn't only talk of violence or delinquency but also of all the numerous efforts that some social folks do to enhance the suburbs population to finally emerge from their abyssal dive into the nothingness. The characterization is so realistic, so close to authentic situations. I guess the actors hired for this feature were true folks from the suburbs.

I will finish by saying that this film may not be as pessimistic as LA HAINE.


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