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Les Kaïra

North American Premiere
  • France
  • 2012
  • 95 mins
  • DCP
  • French

Mousten, Abdelkrim and Momo are three childhood friends who grew up in the sleazy “suburbs” of Melun, France. Free of ambitions, motivation or girlfriends, they spend most of their time hanging out at pornhound Momo’s place. He collects dirty magazines and his walls are covered with pictures of naked women, especially the French porn star Katsuni. One day, flipping through Momo’s magazines, the trio discovers the line of work that could change their lives — porn actors. Thinking they’ve found the best job in the world, they meet with a producer, willing to hire them provided they show him a demo real of their exploits by Monday morning. With no money and no girls, the three guys quickly see their dream-quest transform into a series of wacky misunderstandings, leading them onto the most important journey of their lives.

LES KAÏRA is the film adaptation of “Kaïra Shopping”, Canal+’s first web series. The film also marks the feature-film debut of series creator Franck Gastambide. In addition to starring the same three main characters, Gastambide has also managed, despite a small budget, to convince famous actors to appear in LES KAÏRA, from porn actress Katsuni herself to Rocco Siffredi, comedian François Damiens as a crazy producer and Ramzy Bédia as a rapper/gangster imposing his reign of terror over the city. LES KAÏRA will recall LASCARS, shown at Fantasia in 2009 — and if you pay attention, you might catch a reference to that production. It’s worth pointing out that adapting two-minute sketches to a feature-length format hasn’t affected the dynamism and style of the series. Relentless gags and twists succeed each other furiously, and the assorted colourful characters will transport you into the crazy universe of these three inner-city boys who have only one thing on their minds: having fun. If you enjoy spending a good time with friends, laughing, but especially getting the chance to see one of the best French comedies of the year, LES KAÏRA is for you.

— Éric S. Boisvert