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Eight young men in a nondescript neighborhood of Marseilles, excluded from the French mainstream because of their North African heritage, lose themselves in meaningless sex and petty crime in this often powerful 2000 feature by Kamel Saleh and rap star Akhenaton. The characters' chaotic lives are nicely rendered by the film's episodic structure, pastiche sound track, circular camera movements, and erratic improvisational rhythms, and the resulting mood of hopeless nihilism is stunningly visualized in the terrorist fantasy that provides the ending. Also known as Like a Magnet. 92 min.

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