When cranky bailiff François (Hippolyte Girardot) attempts to collect a debt from Algerian father Mohand (Fellag) at the latter's council flat on the outskirts of Paris, Mohand's son Salem (Aymen Saïdi) - who's holding a sizeable stash of cocaine for a mate - becomes alarmed. The resulting hostage situation brings these three very different men together on the titular top floor, left wing - even as the authorities bumble their way through a response and the media ominously portend terrorist activity. It takes a unique talent to mine satirical comedy from real-life racial and economic strife, and debuting filmmaker Angelo Cianci strikes that balance with effortless aplomb. Punctuated by tightly edited sequences of white-knuckle tension and astutely photographed in claustrophobic widescreen by Laurent Brunet (Séraphine), Top Floor Left Wing is a deft blend of genre elements and a shrewd critique of bureaucracy and prejudice.

Film Info

1 min 48 sec Duration
  • Posted: July 10, 2011
  • Director: Angelo Cianci
  • Writer: Angelo Cianci
  • Studio: Independent
  • Release: 2011
  • Cast: Hippolyte Girardot, Mohamed Fellag, Aymen Saïdi

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