Ah the French, synonymous with super-cool, gangsta’ films and cigarettes, really long cigarettes. With The World Is Yours (Le Monde est a toi), they’ve created something instantly cool, funny and very enjoyable.
Fares, Karim Leklou (“A Prophet”, “Heat Wave”), is a young man, a gangster lite who has been putting his money aside in the hopes of securing the North African Mr. Freeze franchise and go straight.
Fares is dominated by his overbearing mother Danny, the brilliant Isabelle Adjani (“Possession”, “La Reine Margot”), who is also a criminal, but has also managed to gamble all of Fares’ savings away, the savings he needed for the Mr. Freeze franchise.
With his friend Henri, Vincent Cassel (“Mesrine”, “One Wild Moment“), they take a dangerous pickup job for boss Poutine, Sofian Khammes (“Fast Convoy“, “Chouf”), a manic, hot-headed leader who loves dogs.
They head to Spain, along with Fares’ girlfriend, or rather, who he would like as his girlfriend Lamya, Oulaya Amamra (“Divines”, “Mariam”), to meet Bruce, Sam Spruell (“Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets“, “The Martian“), a Scotsman who has a boat of drugs.
As you can imagine, the deal doesn’t go to plan, nothing ever goes to plan for Fares, and what started as a straight-forward drug deal turns into a robbery, a kidnapping, double-crosses on double-crosses and more.
Romain Gavras (better known for music videos for Jamie XX, M.I.A. and others) co-writes and directs, giving the movie a contemporary, cool feel with some gorgeous aerial shots, from the streets of France to the Brit-boozed strips of Benidorm.
Karim Boukercha (“Capital”, “Group Violence (Short)”) and Noe Debre (“Racer And The Jailbird”, “Les Cowboys”) co-write alongside Gavras, giving the movie a funny touch with some great deadpan humour.
If you are heading to watch the film just for Cassel I will save you a trip, whilst he is in the movie, it is definitely a bit-part and he’s virtually unrecognisable with his jet black hair and jet black goatee. He spends the first half of the movie just aimlessly talking to Fares who doesn’t listen, and the second part of the movie getting paranoid about the illuminati.
Leklou is great as the put-upon Fares, it’s the unsaid that works so well, he has the look of a man who is downtrodden, that it’s his mother who is so overbearing is a great touch and is played wonderfully by Adjani.
There are also two ‘goons’ who accompany Fares to Benidorm, knows as Mohammed 1 and Mohammed 2, Mounir Amamra (“Divines”, “The Romanoffs (TV)”) and Mahamadou Sangare (“On The Other Side Of The Tracks”, “Mohamed Dubois”), and the little interludes of their thoughts, wishes and hopes are very funny and well handled.
Whilst The World Is Yours isn’t the most original film you’ll see this year, nor is it the most taxing (you’ll guess what’s going on within the first few minutes), it is still very well executed, very funny, lovely on the eyes and has some great music (by Jamie XX and Sebastian Akchote). Also, look out for none other than legendary director John Landis in his blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo.
The DVD contains the film and the film alone, which is a shame.