CRITICISM – The German Lisa Bierwirth signs a melodrama between a Congolese undocumented worker and a gallery owner from Frankfurt.
This prince has nothing to do with The prince of Bel-Air. Though. Like Will Smith, Passi Balende made a name for himself in hip-hop before becoming an actor. Born in Brazzaville, Congo in 1972, he grew up in Sarcelles, in the suburbs of Paris, before founding the collective Ministère Amer. Their hardcore rap makes NTM look like a parish choir. After a solo career, Passi produced other rappers, notably African, and began to appear in front of the camera in the early 2000s, in clips and series.
With The prince, by the German Lisa Bierwirth, he finds his first real role. He lends his charisma to this prince of Frankfurt, Joseph, a handsome Congolese man without papers. Monika (Ursula Strauss), gallery owner, past forties, childless, in love with him. A police raid seals the meeting between the African and the European. It is done behind a trash can, in the backyard of an African diaspora bar where Monika goes in to buy cigarettes