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Country: France

Genre: Drama



Placed for his own protection in a foster family, 13 year-old Khamsa runs away and goes back to the Gypsy camp where he was born. It?s early summer, the season for diving parties in the Estaque naval shipyard, nightly card games and pinching things from neighbours? homes . Along with his cousin, the dwarf Boyard, Khamsa buys a fighting cock. They dream of riches and freedom. In the meantime, he gets up to mischief with his childhood friend Coyote. They meet Rachitique, a young Arab from a nearby housing estate. Very quickly, the reckless trio go from stealing scooters to burgling houses. However much he kisses the little hand of Fatma that he always wears around his neck, the protection and good fortune it is supposed to bring do not materialise.


Picture for Khamsa


  • Marc Cortes
  • Sarah Laure
  • Magalie Contreras
  • Maéva Fertier
  • Simon Abkarian
  • Raymond Adam
  • Mehdi Laribi

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A very good social-realist film a bit like a present-day version of The 400 Blows. Eleven-year-old Marco, however, is not nearly as sympathetic a character as Antoine Doinel: as well as tenderly loving to his ailing grandmother, he's horribly cruel to animals. Before shooting the film, director Karim Dridi spent a year living in a Romani camp in L'Estaque and coaching his non-professional young actors. He has gone on to make Chouf, a similarly tough-minded film about small-time drug cartels that draws more on crime-thriller conventions but retains a higher than usual level of authenticity by also using mainly non-professional local actors.

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