Synopsis: The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.
92 min


[serene music playing]

[woman humming]

[serene music playing]


You're trying to steal

my orange juice.

No, I'm not.

- You...

- I'm trying to pay for it.

You're trying to steal

my orange juice.

[shopkeeper crying loudly]

[police on radio] Robbery and shooting

at South Figueroa. Robbery suspect down.

[Du] I didn't do this.

[cop] Put that gun down. Now!

- [cop] Now!

- [gun put down]

That girl was there a minute

and she was gone the next.

But I didn't fire the gun.

- [cop] What did you do then?

- I... I...

I shook the gun.

She says she shook the gun?

I'm gonna put her in hell.

[cop] You need to move away

from here.

[opera playing]

[Obie] Don't f*** with me!

[gun shots fired]

[Obie screaming]

Down on the floor. Get down!

- [baby crying]

- Move over. Shush!

[baby crying]

- Jessie, get down.

- All of you gone crazy?

- Get down!

- [gun shots fired]

[baby crying]

[man] Knock that sh*t off.

[man on TV] The security

camera caught the dispute.

Store owner Soon Ja Du thought

15 year old Latasha Harlins

was going to steal

some orange juice.

Du produced a handgun and shot

Harlins in the back of the head.

A jury convicted Du

of voluntary manslaughter.

Her pre-sentence report recommended

the maximum, 16 years.

But Judge Joyce Karlin

imposed probation,

a $500 fine. No jail time.

She got away with murder.

How could you have peace

when this is going on?

Wake up, Los Angeles! Wake up!

City of the angels

Spread your wings for me

I've been other places

Looking for my dream

Eastern cities

Move too fast

Southern ones too slow

I can't go back to my past

And I need someplace

To grow

City of the angels

Clear your cloudy skies

For me

I heard you got some places

That I ought to see

Heard you got a Disneyland

Not too far away

[kids cheering]

When it rains I understand

the skies are clear all day


Find a place for me

In your spaces please

It's where I want to be

[man on TV] of LAPD

officers beating a suspect.

[woman on TV] Everytime

society comes up with...

[man] We saw Latasha's soul

leave her body on a tape.

What kind of sh*t is that?

[man 2] Rodney King, our society wouldn't

accept a dog being beaten like that.

[man on TV] George Holiday lived across

the street, he had his video camera...

[man on TV, indistinct]

[man] We can't absorb this.

[people clamoring]

[man] ...of LA get together,

get out...

[people complaining]

[ominous music playing]

[people clamoring]

[alarm beeping]

[woman on TV] Opening arguments

began today in Southern California

in a case that shocked the Los

Angeles police department

is centered around

a dramatic videotape.

[man on TV] The trial of the four officers

made us relive the traumatic event...

...claiming they could get

a fair trial...

- Hey.

- [Millie] Hey, love bug.

Up early this morning.

- You are... You're my cake.

- Down.

[kid] Down the cake.

[Millie] Good. Good. Good.

Okay, there you go.

Good morning. Everybody.

Rise and shine.

Hello. Good morning,

sweetheart. Wake up.

Good morning. Time for school.

- Up. Up. Up.

- [kids moaning lazily]

[kids mumbling]

Good morning.

Good morning, darling.

Oh, look at you.

Good morning.

- Mama.

- Good.

Hi, little mama, good morning.

Give it to me. Give it to me.

Give it to me.

My bird.

[laughing] Come on.

Get up. Come on.

Rise and shine.

Need you to get

the kids ready. Okay?

Got to go deliver some cakes.

[women arguing]

[Nicole] Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!

- Breaking my hand. Lawsuit.

- Listen. If you have to be...

[both arguing]

[woman] Listen to me.

If you hadn't been

suspended already,

this would give me good enough

reason to expel you for good.

- Okay. Yeah.

- You willfully defied

- the legal authority of our school personnel.

- Yeah. I got it.

Did you see that a**hole

right there

- grab me by the throat...

- [school lady] Calm down

[Nicole] Calm down?

What do you want me to do?

I can sell avocados, bananas

and pineapples.

- Excuse me students, move aside.

- Off the corner of 3rd and Broadway.

- You need to calm down.

- No, f*** it.

Skin's wrong. I accept you.

Please. I want you to call the counselor.

She can help you, Nicole.

[cop car siren]

Here comes the LAPD.

Boom, boom, boom, boom,

boom, boom!

Hey, you looking for some

kicking on ass?

[crowd cheering]

You need to watch your mouth,

Nicole, and lower the volume.

You are disrupting

the entire school.

We saw what they did

to that Rodney King.

You saw his face

after he got beat?

- Go home.

- It wasn't very pretty, Miss Baum.

- No, it wasn't. Go home.

- Wasn't very pretty.

- Go, call the counselor. Go home.

- Rodney King. Rodney King.

- Rodney King.

- [crowd chanting along]

- [all] Rodney King!

- Students, you need to stop!

Rodney King! Rodney King!

- [all] Rodney King.

- [Nicole] Shush!

[Baum] All right, students.

Go back to your class.

Yeah, what happened to Rodney

King was very well done.

[Nicole] Good day.

[Baum] Go back

to your classes now.

[man on TV] In Los Angeles, another

well-know crime is in the news tonight.

Alleged assault.

The four Los Angeles

police officers who appeared

in that video tape of the Rodney

King beatings went on file today.

[woman on TV] The case against Sgt. Casey Koon

and Officers Lawrence Powell, Timothy Wind,

and Theodore Briseno all accused of

assault with deadly weapon charges

might never have made it to

court had not an image of...

[kids chattering]

- [kid] You all right, Jess?

- Yes.

Leave me alone.

- Will you open it?

- No.

Close the door.

[kids shouting]

- [Jessie] No!

- We're hungry.

[kids] We're hungry!

We're hungry!

[kids] Breakfast! Breakfast!

Breakfast! Breakfast! Breakfast!

[kids screaming]


Are you gonna cook us

breakfast or not?

I'm hungry.

Come here. Come here.

Here you go.

[kid] Popcorn. Popcorn. Popcorn!

[phone ringing]

[man on TV] ...was shot

and killed by...

[phone ringing]

- Okay. Hello.

- CSC. Is Millie there?

No. Millie's not there

right now. What is it?

Jordan's mother was released from

prison and a judge found her

to be able to take care

of a child.

I didn't hear what you said.

What did you just say?

The judge found she could care for the child

and she would like to be reunited immediately.

- [kids] Fire! Fire!

- Okay.

Fire! Fire!

Okay. Everybody outside now.

Come on. Come on. Come on.

Come on.

[kid] Is it a game?

[Jessie] Come on, let's go.

[kid] Tiger, Tiger, you got her?

[Jessie] Hey, be careful.

It's okay.

No breakfast.

[Jessie] We're good.

It's over.

Isn't that gonna explode?

- No. Come on. Inside.

- [kids sigh in disappointment]

- [Jessie] Peaches, come down. Time to go.

- Kids, I'm home.

- [kid] Hey, Millie.

- You guys ready for school?

[kids] Yeah. Yes.

You got a call

from Child Care Services.

It's about Jordan.

Come on, guys. Hurry up.

Get ready. Get ready.

[Jessie] Come on, your bags.

Are you ready?

You got your jacket?

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Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Deniz Gamze Ergüven (born 4 June 1978) is a Turkish-French film director best known for her debut feature film Mustang. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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