De l'amour

Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach) stars as a child of comfortable middle-class parents who's caught shoplifting and subsequently abused by a prison guard; her Arab boyfriend, several rungs below her on the social ladder, sets out to avenge her humiliation. The tone of this blue-collar drama seesaws between the sensationalism of its penal muckraking and the gray realism of its clandestine romance, set against the deadening dullness of an ethnically mixed industrial suburb. Ledoyen brings a girlish petulance and moral ambiguity to her role, though Yazid Ait (who cowrote the streetwise dialogue) is one-dimensional as her rebellious beau. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet (Inner City). 75 min.

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