Disgruntled bailiff François (Hippolyte Girardot) arrives at a scruffy housing estate with police backup to turf Mohand and his family from their council flat. That sounds like a bad start to the day. But Mohand’s son Salem is a drug dealer with a large stash of cocaine in his room, and he takes François hostage.

As a result, François misses an appointment with a marriage councillor and his wife (Judith Henry) is about to leave him. For the most part this MIFF film is a straight hostage drama, but it leaps into absurd farce for short moments. It’s a curious construction and most enjoyable, particularly with two such charismatic lead actors.

Top Floor, Left Wing

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