Synopsis by Mark Deming
Young men build a philosophy around the value of laziness in this offbeat comedy from Belgium. "The Barons" are a handful of twenty-something guys of Moroccan heritage living in the Molenbeek section of Brussels. The Barons live by the philosophy that each person is allotted a certain number of footsteps in their lifetime, and once they're all taken you're gone, so caution and a lack of serious initiative are qualities to be admired. Hassan (Nadar Boussandel) is a Baron who spends most of his days hanging out with his pals Mounir (Mourade Zeguendi) and Franck (Julien Courbey), the latter being the only non-Moroccan member of the club. Sometimes the Barons go cruising in a used car they collectively own, though there are too owners for one person to have it for an entire day. Hassan has recently developed a degree of ambition unbecoming of a Baron -- he's been thinking about taking a shot at a career as a stand-up comic, and he's fallen in love with Mounir's sister Malika (Amelle Chahbi), a television reporter who wants more out of a relationship than one of her brother's slacker friends can offer. But if Hassan starts chasing his dreams, will he run out of steps before he gets to the goal? Les Barons (aka The Barons) was the first feature film from director and screenwriter Nabil Ben Yadir.