Synopsis: A street teenager from a dysfunctional family from a banlieue (HLMs) in Paris comes across a young dancer who turns her life upside down.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Houda Benyamina
Production: Easy Tiger
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Wot u doing?

I'm waiting! I'm cold!

We shall now look

at the deep meaning of this text...

Stop it and listen to your dad!

We worship You and beseech Your aid.

Guide us on the path of righteousness.

What are you looking at, bastard?

F*ck off!

You looking at me?

Really? You looking at me?

Reckon you'll get married, Dounia?

Are you mental?

Me, get married?

Girl got attitude!


I want some eye contact, Maimouna!

That's it!

We're at the Roma camp.

Where are you?

Been up all night.

-Great for school!

-No way!

Mrs. Labutte, we're out of it.

If you're a woman.

If you're a woman, I said.

If you're not...

forget it.

Don't help her!

Push her, push her!

Go, Maimouna, put on a show!


She fell!

My, my, my Maimouna!

I said, my Maimouna!

She thinks she's a princess.

Many thanks!

Get off!

-Go on.

-I'm not going in.

We might find something sick.

We are not alone!

We are not alone!

-Look at my hands.


My hands are made for gold

because I'm the queen of the world!

Keep moving.

Come on.

Why do you want to join us

in this project?

So I can learn new things,

venture into the unknown.

It's a style

completely different from my own.

I've always relished a challenge.



A total lack of technique.

No emotion, darling, no artistry.

It's mechanical, robotic...

There's no soul, I don't feel the soul.

I don't feel the dance!

Come on, let's go.

Come on!

A can, a bar of chocolate

and a lolly, only two euros.

I'll have some.

Here we go.

Chocolate bar...


-They're crap.


They run out too quick.

These are the best.

What d'you mean, crap?

Bics are shit next to these.

Just one click...

Crickets are the future!

They don't even have these in China yet.

Maimouna, pack up!

Get a move on.

The bell's rung.

It's door 206, second floor, on the right.

-That way?


I'll give you a little leaflet

against racism.

No, thanks.

"Have a good afternoon."

Have a good afternoon.

We'll start again, Dounia.

But this time,

remember something very important.

And that is...?

The smile.

We get it! We've done it ten times!

Dounia, please.

You got it?

I got it.

We'll start again.


Stop acting silly.

Stop it, please.

With a smile!

Very funny, everyone's laughing.

This is for an exam!

Okay, start.

Your back against the backrest

and you sit up straight!

That's it. Thank you.

Can I take your name, please?

No, make things difficult for her.

There has to be a conflict.

I want to see her right away!

Deal with it.

Okay, I'll stay calm.

Listen, madam.

That won't be possible because...

-Why'd you do that?

-I didn't mean to.

-I saw you.

-I didn't mean to!

-No need to shout.

-What are you gonna do about it?

I'm being polite!

Stop now.

You're role-playing. It isn't real.

We know it isn't real.

-Sit down.

-Sit down, Jisca.

Dounia, you take her place.

Go on.


What can I do for you?

Well, already...

You've forgotten the first thing.


You've forgotten the smile.

The first thing!

-The smile!

-Calm down.

Don't talk to me like that.

You could walk this exam.

Okay, sit down.

My mum's a hostess.

She didn't need your shitty exam.

Oh, yeah? What are you

going to do with your life?

Like everyone.

This isn't a gig!

That's what I'm talking about,

making money.

You see many millionaire receptionists?

Some do very well.

They're not millionaires.

Neither are you.

Can't you see I'm trying to help you?

Help us do what?

Become society's flunkeys?

Rules are necessary.

But you're too stubborn.

You don't want to learn.

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Houda Benyamina

Houda Benyamina (born 1980) is a French director and screenwriter. She won the Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or and César Award for Best First Feature Film for her 2016 film Divines. Benyamina was born in Viry-Châtillon, Paris. Her family includes younger sister Oulaya Amamra.In 2013, Benyamina directed the short film On the Road to Paradise. For Divines, Benyamina won the Camera d'Or, and Best First Film at the 42nd César Awards on 24 February, where she was also nominated for Best Director and shared a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. more…

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