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Les Indésirables

Les Indésirables

Les Indésirables

Dir. Ladj Ly
101 min

When a well-meaning doctor is chosen as an interim mayor in a Parisian suburb, and finds himself confronting a brave activist fighting for immigration rights (and herself running for mayor), his overreaction may destroy lives in Ladj Ly’s incendiary film.

Facing numerous pressures, newly appointed mayor Pierre unleashes an aggressive campaign targeting immigrants and their fragile hold on housing. Meanwhile, Haby, an idealistic housing advocate and herself a resident of the public housing under attack, decides to take on this interim mayor in the upcoming elections, but the corruption at hand might be too much for her to battle. A follow-up to Ly’s Cannes prize-winning Les misérables (2019), Les indésirables is a gorgeous film shot with righteous anger, but leavened with hope from Anta Diaw’s activist.

“Ladj Ly’s film is a searing portrait of gentrification, politics, and race.” –Terence Johnson, Le Noir Auteur

Content advisory: violence

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 101 min
Country/Region: France
Language: French
Print Source: GoodFellas
Tags: Best of Fest, Crime, Drama, Francophone, Human Rights, Politics, Sociopolitical


Director: Ladj Ly
Producer: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
Cinematographer: Julien Poupard
Screenwriter: Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini
Editor: Flora Volpelière
Composer: Pink Noise
Principal Cast: Anta Diaw, Alexis Manenti, Aristote Luyindula, Steve Tientcheu, Aurélia Petit, Jeanne Balibar