Synopsis: Twenty year old Antoine has made enemies of a gang of young thugs, to whom he owes money. Fed up with his scams and petty crimes, his mother and older brother decide to send Antoine to his father's place in Saint-Etienne. The two men haven't seen each other for several years.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Roschdy Zem
Production: Mars Distribution
100 min


To be a champion,

you cannot allow any kind of...

outside, negative force

to come in and affect you.

Being involved with a girl

before a contest

can have a negative on my mind

and destroy my workouts.

So I have to cut my emotions off

and be kind of cold

before a competition.

It's what I do

with the rest of the things.

Someone steals my car?

I don't care.

I can't be bothered with that.

My secretary calls the insurer

and I'd laugh about it.

I've trained myself

to be cold,

to keep these things out of mind.

There was in a way... a sad story...

When my father died,

my mother called me.

This was 2 months before a contest.

She said come home for the funeral.

I said:
No, it's too late.

Nothing to be done.

Sorry, I can't come.

I didn't explain why.

I found other excuses.

How do you tell a mother

whose husband died

about your...



We know you're there!

I didn't come here for nothing!

Open the door, f***ing f*ggot!

Don't make me go haywire!

I'm coming!

Listen up.

Either you open and we talk

or I bust it down.

Who is it?


I came for a blowj*b!


You didn't say you were coming.

Wait, I'll get dressed.

I didn't come for your butt.

Putting on a prom dress?

Just a sec!

Bust it open.

Where's my pal?

Where's my cutie-pie?

Kid! Where are you going?

And with my dough?

Get him.

Don't bother.

Why even run? We'll find you.


Where is he?

That way! Run!


Fat pig can't run.

What's going on?

Just a minute.

It's not a hotel.

Pay or leave!

What the hell?

Are you crazy?

How do I get out now?

This way. Plenty of room.

Take that.

- Why trash the place?

- He deserves it!

What do you want from my son?

Quiet, b*tch.

Get a flea-bath.

- The nerve of you!

- Shut up!

Tell your son we'll find him.

I went where you said.

He disappeared.

I'm coming.

Don't want a beer?


- Mom...

- Is he here?

What sh*t did you mix us up in now?

- Stop!

- You drive me crazy!

What is it?

Some guys trashed his place.

They want to waste him!

You woke up the kid.

Keep it down.

What the f*** did you do now?

Haven't you put me through enough?

I just finished paying it off.

For 2 years I slave away

paying off your crap.

That has nothing to do with tonight.

Who were they?

Losers I've owed money to

for a while.

They sold me a computer.

Mine was stolen.

They came too early.

I said end of the month.

It's no big deal.

No big deal...

Is she asleep?

She's telling her a story.

9 months probation, Antoine.

Screw up and you do time.

First him, now you.

Me? That stuff was 10 years ago.

This has nothing to do with before.

It's not my fault.

- Listen...

- You listen.

I'm fed up with this.

- No more apartment.

- Not that.

I'll fix it up and you disappear.

Leave the area. Find a job.

Where do I go?

- Sleeping?

- Yeah.

Not here,

not with a baby on the way.

How can I get by

if I'm homeless?

There's always the old man.

This is serious.

I'm serious too. He's changed.

- You saw him?

- I still do.

- You never said so.

- I meant to. Just busy.

He never helped

when you were kids.

Now that you're grown up,

he helps?

I haven't seen him in 5 years.

I can't stay in St. Etienne.

I have no contacts there for work.

You've never kept a job here either.

It's the only solution.

We'll go tomorrow.

You'll sleep here tonight.

Don't make that face.

Take responsibility.


The cigarette.


Can I stay the night?

I wake up early. I'd rather not.


You look like sh*t.

I didn't eat.

Doing drugs?

I just took a pill to sleep.

What happened?

Spare me that computer crap.

I made that up to calm Mom down.

Do I know the guys?

A little.

Not Luigi, I hope.

It is?

F***, you're in deep sh*t.

You're a pain. I said to avoid him.

He won't give up.

I can make him money.

He's too impatient.

What do you owe?

I'm onto something big, I swear.

Two weeks and no problem.

No problem... something big...

F***ing clown.

Nothing illegal.

Just wait two weeks.

Return on investment

and I'll be far away.

- Post card for you.

- Sure.

Get your act together

at the old man's.

Why keep him a secret?

So the kids have a grandpa.

We never knew him.

My wife never knew her mom.

Important, isn't it?

This is it?

You said St. Etienne.

Relax, it's 5 minutes away.

Where is he?

F***, no network.

It sucks here.


How are you?

Why are you here?


I didn't recognize you

in the hat.

Yeah, I saw.

- How long?

- Two weeks.

You don't have to.

Not my idea.

He needs to stay out of Lyon.

- Why?

- He owes a guy money.

I borrow to invest: Big difference.

What kind of investment?

Import-export. Nothing illegal.

Can he stay?

I won't lie.

It's not the best time.

I'm training. I'm not easy.

It's small here.

See? Told you so.

He can sleep on the couch.

With 3 weeks till Championships,

I want no trouble.

You got even bigger.

A bit.

And his Post Office job?

He got fired.

Stealing checkbooks.

Damn, always the same.

No second chances.

No rail road jobs?

I left 6 years ago.

No more contacts.

Does he have a police record?

Like with you, I can't help.

Don't let him vegetate.

- I'm not a babysitter.

- I know.

Does he do drugs?

No, nothing serious.

And his import-export stuff?

What do you think?

No smoking inside.

Okay, Vincent.

Are you sick?

Amino acids to burn faster.

- Burn?

- Body fat.

They're 100% natural.


I believe you.

When did we see each other last?

Grandma's funeral.

I'll be down in a minute.

Got your keys?

So why call?

Yeah, I'm coming down.

I'm training then I work.

I won't stay here long.

You staying or coming?

I'd like to shower.

Towels in the bathroom.

If you're hungry,

there's all you need.

Hey, Vincent.


you seemed to be running late.

Well, I'm here now.

Sleep well?

Did you run this morning?

Pick the music?

Not yet.

We should rehearse the routine

to music now.

Give me 2 days.

Shoulders and triceps now.

Fine with me.

What a psycho!

We'll find you, motherf***er

I haven't worked out in a while.

It's like riding a bike.

1 st is hot, 2nd is not

Every achievement

begins with the decision to try

You don't give a thing

till you give it all

What is it?

You don't find that rude?

I'm sorry.

I've never seen that.

Seen what?

- A woman...

- With muscles?

- Yeah.

- You haven't seen much.

Yeah but... can I touch?

Want to touch? Touch, go on.

Happy now?

It's hard, right?

See now?

Here to sign up?

Looking for my dad, Vincent.

You're Vincent's son...


Look, Vincent's son.


- Antoine.

- Caroline. Pleasure.

He's there with Vadim.

Work out. You're soft.

It's all in here.

Say the word and we'll work out.


7, that's good.

Let's go to 12.


Two more.

Don't touch me.

Last one.

12, great. Put it down.


- Can I help you?

- It's my son.

Oh, okay.



Not really.

- What next?

- We move onto triceps.

Another series of 12.

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Roschdy Zem

Roschdy Zem (born 27 September 1965) is a French actor and filmmaker of Moroccan descent. He shared the award for Best Actor for his role in the film Days of Glory at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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