Karim D. is the toast of French society, only 21 and has already written a moving novel about his mother's life, praised by one and all. But Karim D., turns out to be also Arthur Rambo (an intentional misspelling of the name of the great French poet), whose hate-fueled messages enraged for years all Paris, with its racist, homophobic, violent messages. When this is revealed, Karim D. has everyone, from his publishers to the enter social media, all the way to his family, turn against him as he desperately tries, without success to explain the practically unexplainable. The story is based on the early life of French-born, North-African originated writer Mehdi Meklat who went through similar experiences at the beginning of his career.
Laurent Cantet is one of the leading French directors of the day, whose particular interest in social and economic aspects of the contemporary French society, have gained praise all over the world. His debut, "Human Resources" about an apprentice manager working for his father, won two Cesar awards, his second feature, "Time Out", about a salesman who dares not tell his family that he has been fired and spends his day in parking lots claiming that he is in the office, was a vast critical success, while "Entre les Murs" his semi-documentary following a multi-racial high school class in Paris for a whole year, got him the prestigious Cannes Golden Palm.