A very accomplished debut picture, that's equal parts charming and gritty. This French drama looks at a low-income neighborhood in Paris, displaying the lifestyles of minorities, and even while the film certainly has glossy production values, it also feels completely realistic. First-time director Houda Benyamina gives a nigh unbelievable output too, as the craft in Divines is heftier than what most filmmakers achieve in an entire filmography, with beautiful cinematography and an immersive editing style. The two leads, Oulaya Amamra and Déborah Lukumuena, are both highly engaging too, displaying both humor and a quiet intensity, which augments the film's more violent second-half. Perhaps a bit too pat in its conclusion, but Divines is quite possibly the best urban drama to emerge from France since La Haine.