VANDAL is the work of budding French filmmaker, Hélier Cisterne, and is one of those many small films from abroad that so easily get lost in our current thicket of too-many-movies, too-little-time. This is all the more reason to be grateful to First Run Features (FRF), which is at least giving the film a DVD release. (I'm afraid it would not make many waves, were it to receive a more expensive theatrical opening.)
Charles Berling), is asked by Chérif if he has ever been caught. The cousin quietly puts on his glasses, changes his entire demeanor, seemingly from the inside out, and asks with utter surprise, "Pardon me?"
Jean-Marc Barr, below) and his kindly aunt, Christine (Brigitte Sy, shown in the penultimate photo).
Ramzy Bedia, below, left), who soon hooks his son up with a part-time construction job.
Chloé Lecerf, below, right), who is wiser by far than this troubled kid.
Marina Foïs, above) comes to visit, with Chérif's little brother in tow. Bits and pieces of character are revealed and add to our understanding, while never completing the puzzle.