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Ligne 208 (2001)

Bruno, a bus driver, lives in a problem estate. One day, a group of young people stab him. Since this moment, Bruno spends his time in a meeting point of extreme right-wing people. His only... See full summary »

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Bernard Dumont
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dell'Isola Patrick Dell'Isola ... Bruno
Nozha Khouadra Nozha Khouadra ... Djamila
Pierre Martot Pierre Martot ... Jean
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Pascal
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... René
Valérie Vogt Valérie Vogt ... Véronique
Didier Menin Didier Menin ... Marquet
Joseph Falcucci Joseph Falcucci ... Papy
Amina Medjoubi Amina Medjoubi ... Fatima
Frédéric Sauzay Frédéric Sauzay ... Xavier (as Fred Sauzay)
Pascal Courty Pascal Courty ... Patrice
Zinedine Soualem ... Mohammed
Fred Menut Fred Menut ... Jean's co-worker
Pierrick Sorin Pierrick Sorin ... Emmanuel
Wilfred Benaïche Wilfred Benaïche ... Jean-Claude
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Bruno, a bus driver, lives in a problem estate. One day, a group of young people stab him. Since this moment, Bruno spends his time in a meeting point of extreme right-wing people. His only goal is to find the youngs who did that to him, even if he looses everything. Written by EP

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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

31 January 2001 (France) See more »

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L'agression See more »

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Loachesque.
11 July 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Why is it rated so low?Is it because it has no stars?What's the problem?

"La ligne 208" is a simple beautiful film ,and despite its rather melodramatic ending,it has Kenneth Loach accents.

Bruno is a bus driver in a working-class suburb,where a lot of Arabs live.He's himself married to the lovely Djamila.One day,he's stabbed by a young beur (=second-generation North-African living in France).After his convalescence,he's no longer the same man.

This movie depicts everyday life in a not-so-rosy background;for narrow-minded people ,it might seem racist.But if there're young Arab louts,we also meet Djamila ,a friendly wife who loves her man dearly,and mainly her mother who takes on all the needy people of the neighborhood. We also see the far right (the Renaissance party)and its sinister members.

Bruno 's routine is depicted with sensitivity ;his job ,his football and his wife make his life worthwhile .After the attack,Bruno can no longer cope with the world outside.He's drifting and a shattered man.

Most of the time,the dialogue rings true,and the actors are convincing.


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