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État des lieux (1995)

Pierre, a young man in his thirties, grew up with his two brothers in a city in the suburbs of Paris. He still lives there today with his wife, Deborah. His everyday life is divided between... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Cyril Aubin Cyril Aubin
Cyrille Autin ... Samuraï
Emmanuelle Bercot
Anne-Cécile Crapie Anne-Cécile Crapie ... Deborah
Andrée Damant ... La mère
Marc de Jonge Marc de Jonge ... L'agresseur
Laurent Delatte Laurent Delatte ... L'ouvrier
Patrick Dell'Isola Patrick Dell'Isola ... Pierre
Arco Descat C. Arco Descat C.
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... DD, le père
Base Enemy Base Enemy ... Rap singer
Sebastien Faure Sebastien Faure ... Un flic
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... Uzi
Luc Gillig Luc Gillig
Franck Gourlat Franck Gourlat
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Pierre, a young man in his thirties, grew up with his two brothers in a city in the suburbs of Paris. He still lives there today with his wife, Deborah. His everyday life is divided between a job where he is exploited, discussions with his friends and brothers, family meals and unpreventable altercations with the cops. Written by bbmtl

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France

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French

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14 June 1995 (France) See more »

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Inner City See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Despite dogmatic moments the film shines through as a fresh and angry portrayal of life in a french inner city.
27 August 1999 | by CousinKSee all my reviews

"Etat des lieux" belongs to the "genre" of french realist cinema that takes as subject the country's inner cities (banlieues). The most famous of this set of films is undoubtedly Mathieu Kassovitz's "Hate", but "Etat des lieux" is probably the most intriguing on several accounts. Firstly, if this means anything, it is the only film actually made by someone from the inner cities. Secondly, it is striking because of two contradictory aspects. On the one hand it is filmed in a naturalistic, quasi-documentary manner resembling the social realist films of the british. On the other hand, it is a very demonstrative film, and the message put over is clearly a traditional Marxist one. A message driven home by the politically aware hero, factory worker Pierre Seface and by performances of the french rap group "Assassin". Filmed with a low budget, "Etat des lieux" is as winning in its humanity and realism as it is heavy in its more dogmatic moments. However, sometimes filmed with references to soviet revolutionary cinema, "Etat des lieux" comes across as something fresh and angry, denouncing the daily alienation of the working-man and the tedium of the consumer society.


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