L'Etat De Crise (1984)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France, West Germany  |  
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When a handful of teenage boys cannot find a job no matter what they do, and when a teenage girl is refused any financial support from parents who still want to control her actions, they decide -- as a group -- to rob a Samaritaine department store. Inept as thieves, they fail in that dubious option and then decide to kidnap the Labor Minister's children, holding them as ransom for jobs, not money. Their luck fails in that department as well, and viewers may start to understand why they are unemployed. First-time director Mamad Haghighat has lingered too long on some scenes while others are repetitive, reflecting the film's tendency to move along slowly with little dialogue -- traits which may make today's audiences restive.

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kidnapping, poverty, ransom, robbery, teenagers