The Worst Ones

Original Name:The Worst Ones
English Name:The Worst Ones
Year: 2022
Run Time: 99 min
Language: French
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Director:Lise Akoka & Romane Gueret
Producer:Marine Alaric, Frédéric Jouve
Cast:Mallory Wanecque, Timéo Mahaut, Johan Heldenbergh, Loïc Pech, Mélina Vanderplancke, Esther Archambault
Screenplay:Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret, Éléonore Gurrey
Cinematographer: Eric Dumont
Editor: Albertine Lastera
Sound Designer: Marc Doisne, Boris Chapelle, Florent Klockenbring
Costume Designer: Edgar Fichet
Production Designer: Laurent Baude
Production Company: Les Films Velvet
World Sales: Pyramide International
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  • Cannes FF Un Certain Regard
  • Toronto IFF
  • BFI London FF
  • Haifa IFF
  • Angoulême FF

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Allez Garçon! (Doc)
  • 2015 Chasse Royale (Short)

Director’s Biography:


Romane Gueret, after studying cinema at the Sorbonne, took her first steps towards directing, as an assistant director, casting assistant or cameraman. Lise Akoka completed a university course in Psychology and a professional training in acting. She then discovers, in casting and coaching children for the cinema, a way of bringing together her two interests. In 2015, they co-directed the short film Chasse Royale which won several awards at festivals, including at Cannes. They also co-directed the documentary Allez Garçon! (2018). The Worst Ones (2022) is their debut feature.


A film shooting will take place at the cité Picasso, in the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer, in the north of France. During the casting, four teenagers, Lily, Ryan, Maylis and Jessy are chosen to play in the film. Everyone in the neighbourhood is surprised: why only take the “worst ones”?