F IS FOR FRANCE
A sweet approach to a serious issue: the film follows a bunch of kids from a school in the suburbs of Paris. All of them are French but also immigrants, first or second generation, most of them people of color, from countries as varied as Benin and India. Some make you laugh and admire their perseverance and acerbic wit (wait for the Mickey Mouse rant from dimple-cheeked Nailä, to quote one Mubi user: the little girl is an ardent follower of the Frankfurt school); some make you want to cry and hug them. Like the fourth season of The Wire, an incisive, heart-melting portrait of youth on the precipice between assimilating and disappearing.
Director: Olivier Babinet