"Has a real heart that beats wildly.” - Fabian Lemercier, Cineuropa

"Deeply insightful, THE WORST ONES  is both cerebral and emotional, a remarkable achievement of filmmaking and human compassion.” - Mina Takla, Awards Watch

Set in the suburbs of northern France, THE WORST ONES - winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival - captures a film within a film as it follows the production of a feature whose director turns to the local housing project for casting. Eager to capture performances of gritty authenticity, the director selects working-class teenagers to act in the film to the 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. Film Center exclusive.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival

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