Year: 2009
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe, Gilles Cohen, Antoine Basler, Lela Bekhti, Pierre Leccia, Foued Nassah, Jean-Emmanuel, Frederic Graziani, Slimane Dazi
Director: Jacques Audiard
Countries: France / Italy
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 149 mins
USA Rated: R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language and drug material
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence and very strong language
USA Release Date: 26 February 2010 (Limited Release (New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 22 January 2010


Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) cannot read nor write. Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts.

He is 19 years old. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of "missions" to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader's confidence in the process.

But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans...