The trailer for this one looks like one part City of God, and one part Chief Keef video. Which means I’m probably going to end up seeing it.
La Cite Rose opens in France on March 27. No word yet on a U.S. release.
La Cite Rose is directed by Julien Abraham, and stars Azize Diabate Abdoulaye, Idrissa Diabate, Ibrahim Koma, Juliette Lamboley, and Ismael Quazzani. The film’s producers are Nicolas Blanc and Ex Nihilo.
Distributor UGC Distribution/TF1 International’s website lists this film as a “Comedy Drama”, but I’m not too sure about that. Check out the synopsis and trailer for La Cite Rose (Asphalt Playground), and let us know what you think.
Twelve-year old Aimé, nicknamed Machine Gun, is a mischievous
kid from a housing project outside Paris, where families live alongside
criminals and mothers try to keep their kids out of trouble.
The hood isn’t an easy place to grow up, but Machine Gun wouldn’t trade
it for any other! And right now, like all acne-riddled boys his age, his
obsession is girls! In fact, he has a major crush on Oceane, the
prettiest girl in his class, and would do just about anything to seduce
In the building across the way lives Mohawk, his best friend, a crafty
kid he’s known since kindergarten, with whom he likes commentating
police operations from the comfort of their windows. There’s also
Machine Gun’s cousin Isma, a funny and proud kid who spends his days on
rooftops, being a lookout for local drug dealers, trying to be like Tony
Montana. And his brother Djibril, 22, the family’s pride and joy, a
brilliant law student who dreams of the good life and has a troubled
relationship with his girlfriend Lola, a white upper-middle class girl.
But the day Isma tries to set up a coke deal between his bosses and a rival gang, all their lives suddenly spin out of control…
Between violence and good-natured humor, an energetic, funny and moving
film that casts a realistic yet tender look at the lives of teens in
The below trailer is in French (click HERE for the subtitled version).