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The Code ()

La mentale (original title)
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Either you make decisions or life makes them for you. For an ex-con struggling to go straight, the temptation of money, women and power prove too much, especially when his best friend promises him an easy heist.

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Dris
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Yanis
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Nina
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Lise
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Fèche
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Simon
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Niglo
Lucien Jean-Baptiste ...
Foued
Bibi Naceri ...
Rouquin
David Saracino ...
Mel
Adrien Saint-Joré ...
José
Frédéric Pellegeay ...
Grib
Jean-Pierre Lazzerini ...
Henry
Stéphane Ferrara ...
Prosper
Thierry Perkins-Lyautey ...
Marco
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Mireille, la mère de Yanis
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Françoise
Mohamed Ahaouari ...
Djilali
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Evelyne (as Elizabeth Margoni)
Mohamed Damraoui ...
Omar
Richard Baque ...
Francis
Rachid Chanana ...
Malik
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Daniel
Marc Samuel ...
Fakhi
Chloé Mons ...
Fanfan
Linda Sanchez ...
Juanita
Nabil Debouze ...
Hamou
Paco Boublard ...
Franck
Marc Dubreuil ...
Client 1
Ridha Oubrik ...
Client 2
Chantal Garrigues ...
La mère de Lise
Frédéric Maranber ...
Sylvain
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La gardienne
Sally Mekki ...
Femme Fakhi
Jean-Marie Paris ...
Un vigile
Cédric Delsaux ...
Le DJ
Rémy Roubakha ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Smaïl Mekki ...
Le Syrien
Alexander Koumpan ...
Le Roumain
Christine Chansou ...
Zora
Wanda Naceri ...
Wanda
Sacha Naceri ...
Samy
Alain de Moyencourt ...
Patron chez Momo
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Himam
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L'homme en contrat avec Yanis (uncredited)

Directed by

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Manuel Boursinhac

Written by

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Bibi Naceri ... (original idea)
 
Bibi Naceri ... (scenario and dialogue) &
Manuel Boursinhac ... (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by

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Alain Goldman ... producer
Catherine Morisse ... associate producer
Sook Yhun ... producer

Music by

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Thierry Robin ... (as Thierry 'Titi' Robin)

Cinematography by

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Kevin Jewison

Film Editing by

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Hélène de Luze

Editorial Department

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Vanessa Basté ... contributing editor
Emmanuel Le Ridant ... telecine dailies colorist
Jeff Pavlik ... assistant editor (re-cut)
Stéphanie Pedelacq ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Swan Pham

Production Design by

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Nikos Meletopoulos

Costume Design by

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Marlène Aouat
Claire Gerard-Hirne

Makeup Department

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Maya Benamer ... makeup artist
Axel Guemraoui ... hair stylist
Charly Koubesserian ... key makeup artist
Didier Lavergne ... key makeup artist
Daniel Mourgues ... key hair stylist
Marion Spick ... trainee makeup artist

Production Management

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Sylvain Bouladoux ... unit manager
Sonia Duclos ... assistant production manager
François Hamel ... production manager
Julien Madec ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alexandre Billon ... second unit director
Valérie Eoucher ... trainee assistant director
Bibi Naceri ... third assistant director
Pierre Sénélas ... first assistant director
Laurent Wémama ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Jacques Aucomte ... set dresser
Gilles Baillot ... carpenter
Bernard Boivin ... construction manager
Xavier Buffin ... painter
Marie Chapuis ... painter
Loïc Chavanon ... property master
Dominique Coutelle ... key sculptor
Hervé Daouphars ... carpenter
Eric Frion ... carpenter
Patrick Galesne ... painter
Noël Guillot ... head painter (as Henri-Noël Guillot)
Jean-Pierre Lemoine ... first assistant decorator
Photis Meletopoulos ... second assistant decorator
Frédérique Menichetti ... tapestry
Igor Mollet ... carpenter
Manuel Mougin ... property master
Tanit Nallet ... sculptor
David Rullon ... storyboard artist
Laurent Stianti ... painter
Annie Touquet ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Philippe Amouroux ... re-recording mixer
Jean-Philippe Angelini ... post-synchronization engineer
François Audoin ... sound recordist
Annabel Callard ... assistant post-synchronization
Pascal Chauvin ... foley artist
Fabrice Conesa ... sound mixer (as Fabrice Conesa-Alcolea)
Vincent Cosson ... sound recordist
Xavier Drouault ... assistant foley artist
Dominique Eyraud ... boom operator
François Fayard ... dialogue editor
Michel Filippi ... adr supervisor
Benoit Gargonne ... sound assistant
Jean Gargonne ... sound editor
Cyril Holtz ... re-recording mixer
Thanos Kazakos ... sound re-recording mixer: English dub
Stéphan Lucas ... sound recordist
Guillaume Sciama ... sound

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Jean-Claude Dauphinot ... special effects
Georges Demétrau ... special effects
Jacky Dufour ... special effects
Pascal Fauvelle ... special effects
Guy Monbillard ... special effects
Olivier Zenenski ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Odile Beraud ... scanning & film recording coordination
Arnaud Chelet ... digital artist
Thierry Flament ... digital artist
Joyce Menger ... visual effects producer
Frederic Moreau ... visual effects director (as Frédéric Moreau) / visual effects producer
Sarah Moreau ... visual effects coordinator (as Sarah Flament)
Philippe Reinaudo ... scanning & film recording coordination
Geraldine Roquier ... digital artist
Melodie Stevens ... digital artist

Stunts

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Jean-Louis Airola ... stunt coordinator
Alain Barbier ... stunts
Jean-Marc Bellu ... stunts
Affif Ben Badra ... stunts (as Afif Ben Badra)
Alain Bour ... stunt driver
Jean Brucy ... stunt driver
Eric Buc ... stunts
Gilles Conseil ... stunts
Philippe Dailler ... stunt driver
Jean-Jacques Desplanque ... stunts
Cyrille Dufaut ... stunt driver
Mohammed Enahal ... stunts
David Genty ... stunts
Albert Goldberg ... stunts
Christian Hening ... stunts
Jean-Claude Lagniez ... stunt coordinator
Sébastien Lagniez ... stunt driver
Bruno Letrouit ... stunt driver
Philippe Morel ... stunts
Frédéric Mouquet ... stunts
Patrick Médioni ... stunts
Patrick Ronchin ... stunt coordinator
Sébastien Seveau ... stunt driver
Romain Iannetta ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Philippe Bonnier ... camera operator
Richard Brodet ... gaffer
Patrick Camboulive ... still photographer
Eric Dupressoir ... electrician
Thierry Engler ... electrician
Raphael Jourdan ... key grip
Éric Le Roux ... Steadicam operator
Nicolas Maigret ... electrician
Olivier Monton ... grip
Anne Nicolet ... first assistant camera
Samuel Renollet ... trainee camera operator
Gilles Sollier ... grip
Valerio Villalba ... focus puller

Casting Department

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Marie-France Michel ... extras casting
Fany Touya-Calmon ... assistant extras casting (as Fanny Touya) / extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Loïc Barnier ... wardrobe
Claire Gerard-Hirne ... costumer
Janina Ryba ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Mathieu Hiltzer ... assistant location manager
Albin Voulfow ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Elena Chouchkova ... music manager
Paul Lavergne ... executive music producer
Didier Lizé ... music engineer

Script and Continuity Department

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Francine Cathelain ... script supervisor
Clémentine Schaeffer ... trainee script supervisor

Other crew

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Stéphane Bourdon ... armorer
Blanche Aurore Duault ... publicist
Michel Flaesch ... animal wrangler
François Hardy ... animal wrangler
Jean-Marc Homand ... administrator
Armand Ivas ... armorer
Marc Leroyer ... armorer
Florence Loubeau ... production secretary
Arnaud Peltier ... armorer
Gaëlle-Anne Salin ... assistant production administrator (as Gaëlle-Anne Salin-Montagne)
Alexandra Schamis ... press attache
Emmanuel Vidhamali ... armorer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Dris is an ex-con, living in the borderline between a decent and a criminal life. He has a regular and simple work and lives a simple life with his wife Lise and loves his family. However, his childhood friends from his Arab community, including his best friend Yanis, are mobsters and his brother is a small time delinquent. Yanis tries to bring Dris back to his gang, and uses his former lover Nina to seduce him, taking him to expensive places to feel the importance of big money. Dris fights against the temptation, but an event will route him back to Yanis' gang and in a fight between gangs with tragic consequences for the whole community. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • The Code (United States)
  • Der Kodex (Germany)
  • El código (Spain)
  • The Code - elä tai kuole! (Finland)
  • Il codice (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend France $936,190, 25 Oct 2002

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