The Worst Ones (DVD)

Directed by : Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret
Available Date : 05/23/2023
Release Year : 2022
Running Time : 99
UPC : 738329262624
Country : France
Language: French with English subtitiles
Subject : Film Studies, French Cinema & Culture
Genre : Drama
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Set in the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer in northern France, The Worst Ones captures a film within a film as it follows the production of a feature whose director turns to the local Cité Picasso housing project for casting. Eager to capture performances of gritty authenticity, the director selects four working class teenagers to act in the film to the surprise and consternation of the local community, who question the director’s choice of “the worst ones.” As the director and crew audition, rehearse, film, and interact with their hand-picked cast, jealousies are stoked, lines are crossed, and ethical questions arise, with thought-provoking and at times darkly funny results. Winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, The Worst Ones announces directors Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret as exciting new voices in French cinema.

Product Extras :

“Chasse Royale” (2016 short film by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret)

Theatrical trailer

Publish Date : 2023-04-25
  • Lise Akoka - Director
  • Romane Gueret - Director
  • Mallory Wanecque - Actor
  • Timeo Mahaut - Actor
  • Johan Heldenbergh - Actor


"Critic’s Pick! Luminously photographed and nimbly edited... offers a provocative critique of filmmaking practices."

“Thought-provoking and darkly funny… a fascinating look at the filming experience.”

“Carried by very engaging young performers… the film has a real heart that beats wildly.”

"Limber French filmmaking… with dark humor and occasionally confrontational candor. Find[s] artistry and honor where others tend not to look."

“Deeply insightful... a remarkable achievement of filmmaking and human compassion.”

“A self-aware film that features sensitive performances, a touching emotional arc, and compelling commentary on the social responsibilities of filmmakers.”

“The film is made compelling by its own immaculate casting.”

“Sensitive, intelligent filmmaking.”

“Akoka and Gueret find sharp insights in the imposition of a film shoot on those involved… an incredible addition to the canon."


Winner: Un Certain Regard – Cannes Film Festival

Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

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