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On the Other Side of the Tracks: Movie Review

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed by: David Charhon

Starring: Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte, Sabrina Ouazani, Lionel Abelanski
Released by: The Weinstein Company

Running time: 110 minutes

In Short: Part drama, part comedy, this politico police flick showcases the contrast of life inside and outside the Paris Périphérique beltway.

After Omar Sy's brilliant performance in "The Intouchables" (for which he won the César Award for Best Actor), audiences will watch "On the Other Side of the Tracks" expecting the same due to his character's banlieue beginnings. Although similar to his previous pursuit, the role is expertly executed by Sy, offset by the talented Laurent Lafitte's more bland character of the homicide police officer. At first, the film moves quickly with car chases and sets up the story, showing the difference between the rich, educated Parisians and their less fortunate counterparts on the other side of the Périphérique. Things begin to slow down mid-voyage, but it remains a light, funny and entertaining piece.
Laurent Lafitte and Omar Sy in On the Other Side of the Tracks Omar Sy in On the Other Side of the Tracks


Reviewed by Alain Gayot


(The film is also listed as "On the Other Side of the Freeway" and by its French title "De l'autre côté du périph.")


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