In his astonishing, assured feature film debut, Ladj Ly stages an unconventional police procedural in Montfermeil, the same Parisian district where Victor Hugo set his landmark saga. Ly follows three plainclothes cops as they navigate—and inflame—the neighborhood’s simmering ethnic and racial tensions, exploring the adversarial relationship between law enforcement and the neighborhood’s poor Muslim population. Ly’s vérité approach lends even more urgency to the timely tale of social injustice.
“[A] crackling police thriller partly inspired by the civil unrest that swept through Paris in 2005.”
- French with subtitles