This is a very, very good film. The opening pan around the main habour in Marseille is perfectly shot giving an instant insight into what is now quite an impoverished town. The films delves into the lives of a few local families who each have their own problems, whether they be parents wanting their son to find love and settle down or a mother attempting to help her drug addicted daughter.
It is impossible to say how you will be feeling when you finish watching this film as the last fifteen minutes really play havoc with your emotions. As for the rest of the movie, this film takes a deep look at the various lengths people will go to to justify their existence, and the existence of their nearest and dearest. A near perfect film from man dubbed 'the French Ken Loach', it may leave you feeling depressed or slightly uplifted. Either way, if you watch this you will definitely not feel short changed.