• Direction

    Jean-Pierre Sinapi
  • Author

    Jean-Pierre SINAPI, Daniel TONACHELLA
  • Coproduction

    With the participation of CANAL +, Fond d'action et de soutien pour l'intégration et la lutte contre les discriminations - F.A.S.I.L.D, CNC, Ministère de la Culture et de la communication, FilmFörderung Hamburg and FilmFörderung Sanstalt.
    In association with GIMAGES 5 and COFIMAGES 13.


Paul Smail, 27, born in France of Arab parentage, a grandfather killed serving in the French Army, his father a quiet, law-abiding model of “integration”, his lifetime spent in a modest job on the railroad… Paul, full of unexpressed anger, spends his time reading, dreaming, boxing… he deeply loves his “little brother” Daniel, more rebellious than himself, more fragile, too, perhaps who suffers even more from his condition of “outsider”, of “immigrant”… He’s crazy about Myriam, the love of his life, and also about litterature, his passion. For Paul is highly educated, yest can’t find a job worthy of his studies. So he lives in a single room, in a poor quarter, and he delivers pizzas while he’s waiting. But waiting for what ? What can save him from rage and self-hatred, except words, the firs words of his novel, “Life Kills Me”, the book that will him to live.

  • Available versions

  • Support location

  • Distributor

    Salles France: Cinétéve Distribution, TV France: STUDIO CANAL
  • Technical team

    Image: Pierre AÏM, Jean Paul MEURISSE
    Sound: Jean Michel CHAUVET, Corinne ROZENBERG
    Editor Master: Catherine SCHWARTZ
    Mixing: François GROULT
  • Cast

    Jalil LESPERT
    Sylvie TESTUD
    Simon BAKINDE
    M'hamed BENGUETTAF
    Teco CELIO
    Djemel BAREK
    Roger IBANEZ

    Original score : Louis SCLAVIS
    Editions : Jean-Marie SALHANI
    Catalogue Indigènes
  • International sales

  • DVD Distributor

    One Plus One
  • Festival

    Grand Prix au 17ème Festival du film de Cabourg 2003
    Sélectionné au 22 ème International Istambul Film Festival, en compétition "Golden Tulip" 2003
    "Rendez-vous with French Cinéma" New-York 2003
    Festival de San Sebatien 2002
    Festival de Thessalonique 2002
  • Adaptation of the novel by Paul SMAÏL, Editions Balland