De l’autre côté du périph [On the Other Side of the Tracks] (2012)

De l’autre côté du périph
Director: David Charhon
Writer: David Charhon, Alexis Dolivet, Remy Four, Laurent Lafitte, Julien War
Cast: Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte, Sabrina Ouazani, Lionel Abelanski, Youssef Hajdi

Ousmane (Omar Sy) is a cop in Bobigny, a rather poor suburb of Paris. He is trying to bust an illegal gaming ring which is attended by some pretty high up people. And then he stumbles on the body of the wife of one of Paris’ political leaders. The case actually belongs to François (Laurent Lafitte), a narcissistic careerist. But Ousmane doesn’t let go easily and talks himself into a partnership with François. And they both discover that things are way bigger than expected.

De l’autre côté du périph follows the trusted buddy cop movie formula pretty much to the letter, with the only difference being that it’s a French movie, so it’s a little more lax with nudity and there are people on strike.


The movie does have its funny moments. But then it also has its pretty unfunny moments. When François is being a sexist pig, for example. And personally I’m not much for the Eddie Murphy type of humor (that seems to be the only type of humor black men get to do) that just involves talking crap at high speed. So, I could have done without that, too.

Even though Omar Sy does deliver his lines with a lot of charm and at a bearable speed. And Ousmane also gets to hold against François’ sexism a bit. [Plus, Ousmane’s colleague Yasmine (Sabrina Ouazani) generally gets to be competent and to sigh at their childish behavior, which was something.]


But generally the movie was just same old, same old. There was nothing there that I hadn’t seen before in one way or another. That doesn’t make it bad per se, but it’s not really a selling point, either.

In the end the movie is entertaining enough, but in an absolutely average way. Meh.


Summarising: Watchable, but if you miss it, you won’t miss much.

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