DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

The World is Yours (Le Monde Est à Toi)

Director - Romain Gavras - 2018

"Mostly clean movie"
Romain Gavras's second feature is a gangster comedy mocking European cliches, while also teeming with the colours of the Mediterranean; sadly the story is just too silly and disjointed - in cinemas Friday, April 26th

Greek born French director Romain Gavras, the son of the legendary and overtly political Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras (who’s now 85 and also lives in France), is best recognised for directing the politically explosive M.I.A. video clips Bad Girls and Born Free. He now directs his second feature film, eight years after Our Day Will Come, which was mostly slammed by critics for being too repetitive and lacking freshness.

The World is Yours follows the steps of the cuddly underdog gangster François (Karim Leklou). He’s kind, caring and inept, precisely the qualities most incompatible with his illegal trade. His mother is the ruthless and unrepentant criminal Dany (played by legendary Isabelle Adjani). François has a final job before he can leave his criminal days behind. He has to oversee a major drug deal in Spain for his boss, the eccentric Putin (Sofian Khammes). He supported by Henri (a heavily bearded Vincent Cassel), one bad girl and two thugs named Mohammed who fantasise about becoming famous terrorists.

Predictably, the plan goes awry. The Brits who are supposed to deliver the stash instead vanish with his money, leaving François and his associates scrambling for a solution. Luckily, they have mummy Dany to lend a helping hand. After all, what are mothers for? The story quickly descends into a farcical gangster movie with flavours of a picaresque comedy, and with more twists and turns than Lord of the Rings. And that’s the biggest problem with The World is Yours. It isn’t just the criminals that are inept. So is the script. There are too many characters, and the plot becomes so convoluted that towards the end of the film, it’s almost impossible to work out exactly what’s happening.

Gavras’s second film works a little like a video clip. It’s colourful, plush, fast-moving and electrifying. A soundtrack blending pop music, rap and other rhythms provide a nice finishing touch. But of course a film isn’t a video clip. In a video clip, it’s not mandatory that the narrative is cohesive and coherent. And a video is just three to four minutes long. The World Is Yours is 94 minutes long. And it gets boring after a while.

On the positive side, the film manages to mock the cocky French and the loud and vulgar Brits who use Southern Spain as their sex and sunshine playground. Most of the film takes place in Benidorm, a hybrid and awkward city, an accidental meeting point for Brits, Spaniards, the French and illegal immigrants from Africa alike (both in the film and in real life). Also, the colour palette is quite impressive, blending the deep blue of the Mediterranean with the local swimming pools and the attractions of the Aqualandia Water Park. All splendidly – and wilfully – tacky.

Isabelle Adjani is an cinematic attraction per se. She’s outrageously Camp. Her lips swollen with Botox, her gigantic eyes often concealed behind sunglasses half the size of her face. Dany often wears very peculiar costumes in order to disguise herself and carry out her criminal duties. They include a hijab and… wait for this… a burkini!!! Seeing Adjani in a burkini is a reason good enough for anyone to head to the cinema.

The World Is Yours premiered at the 22nd Tallinn Black Night Film Festival in 2018, when this piece was originally written. It is out in cinemas across the UK on Friday, April 26th.

"Mostly clean movie"

By Victor Fraga - 21-11-2018

By Victor Fraga - 21-11-2018

Victor Fraga is a Brazilian born and London-based writer with more than 15 years of involvement in the cinema industry and beyond. He is an LGBT writer, and describes himself as a dirty Latin immigran...

DMovies Poll

Are the Oscars dirty enough for DMovies?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
A small family of four lives in a [Read More...]
Another year has gone by, and DMovies is [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]

Read More

Moonage Daydream

Brett Morgen

John McDonald - 29-09-2022

Filthy genius documentary offers perfect representation of the life of David Bowie - in cinemas now [Read More...]

Bloody Oranges (Oranges Sanguines)


Eoghan Lyng - 27-09-2022

Jean-Christophe Meurisse unveils a film that is stronger on feeling than form, peering into the lives of five unlikely characters caught up in five different scenarios - on all major VoD platforms on Friday, September 16th [Read More...]

Our verdict of the 70th edition of San Sebastian


Victor Fraga - 26-09-2022

Our editor Victor Fraga attended the 70th edition of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world in its entirety; he discusses the diverse film selection and the incredible experience [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *