Diss is a narcotics cop who grew up in the banlieue with some of the criminals that he now pursues. But for him not all criminals are equal. He's after the big fish. He recruits a childhood friend, Imrane, as his insider, but things go disastrously wrong when a drugs delivery is hijacked and his friend is one of the victims.
Manuel, another childhood associate, narrowly escapes from the hijack. But he is now a marked man who is looking for the perpetrators. Diss offers to help, if Manuel will take over from Imrane.
With the police everywhere the drug gangs each try to protect their interests, whatever the costs, and Manuel finds that he is really out in the cold. It's a matter of kill or be killed. Meanwhile things get tricky for Diss as the serious crime branch, investigating the murders, start to ask awkward questions.
A compelling drama with Matthias Schoenaerts showing his versatility as the ruthless Manuel, a far cry from the gentle shepherd, Gabriel Oak, in Far from the Madding Crowd.