Laisse-Beton (1984)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Algeria, France  |  
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Young Brian (Julien Gangnet) and Nourredine (Khalid Ayadi) live in a miserably poor Paris suburb and both dream of making it to San Francisco to live the good life -- but they go about realizing their goal in the wrong way. Brian's father once toured San Francisco in the 1960s when he played with a rock band. Now he is in jail, and Brian's mother works in a nightclub to support herself and her son. Brian and Nourredine start robbing a local supermarket and reselling their loot to raise money for their great escape and dream trip, but that activity ends when Brian is caught. After he is hauled in for questioning, the police threaten to make things worse for his father unless Brian identifies his shoplifting buddy. At least for the moment, life gets much worse for the young boy until unforeseen circumstances start to turn him around.



crime, fence [stolen goods], teenagers, prison