Before being a movie,Ccomme un aimant was an emblematic tittle from an IAM album called " Ombre et lumièr "e released in 1993. The story is about a group of friends in their thirties living in Marseille in a neighbourhood called Le Panier. They have quite a happy life mande of parties, deals, sun and leasiness, but the fate of their district will overtake them. Just in a few days during summertime these carefree young people will be pushed into an nnounced tragedy.
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The fate of these characters is inevitably tragic. We wanted to show the generation of people just ahead of us, people who are now fifty or sixty years old. When I was eleven or twelve, I hung around those guys; they were the same age I am today, but now most of them are dead, some have vanished, and others are doing 30-year stretches in prison. Those are the people we wanted to show.
In a housing project, there aren’t many possibilities: either you get out and manage to make something of your life, or else – for most people I know – you wind up in prison, dead of an overdose, or insane. Those are the kinds of characters we wanted to write about.
Kamel Saleh and Akhenaton, Directors