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9 Feb 2004: ‘La Mentale’ Examines Living Life By a Code

Posted by Christina on February 6, 2009

a00029561 Reviewing director Manuel Boursinhac’s film, La Mentale, was fun because it was the first assignment where I was able to participate in a private screening and drive out to LA for it. Also, it was in French, which I had started to take for my foreign language requirement as a Humanities Major at UCI. I even took my pretty much francophone roommate to keep me company. It was a great experience I used for future assignments that were just like this.

New University Newspaper: ‘La Mentale’ Examines Living Life By a Code

‘Le Mentale’ Examines Living Life By a Code
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 16 | Feb 09 2004

Manuel Boursinhac’s second feature-length film, ‘Le Mentale’ (The Code) embodies the underworld of European suburban gangsters who live their lives according to a code that encompasses family, friendship and the pledge to protection.

Dris (Samuel Le Bihan) has just spent the last four years in prison. Now that he’s out, he wants nothing more than a quiet life with his wife, Lise (Marie Guillard), and raise a family, but he has lived a somewhat inescapable past. Yanis (Samy Naceri), his brother in a lifetime of crime who now runs the streets, offers Dris another chance at the past. It’s hard to break the bonds of familiar friendships and while Yanis wants nothing more than to have him back working with the family, Dris wants to continue his life anew. His fresh life rides on the outcomes of his actions making or breaking his new life forever.

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