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As the latest round of suburban riots indicates, France has done an inadequate job of integrating its immigrants and their children. Yet foreign-born characters are better represented in recent French films than in their American counterparts. Director Pierre Jolivet’s Zim & Co, for example, is set in a multicultural youth subculture as diverse as the film’s hip-hop, funk, and rock score. Zim is an easygoing 20-year-old who plays in a band and pays little attention to France’s abundant laws and regulations. Then he has a traffic mishap on his scooter and tests positive for drugs. Given a choice between jail and work, he lands a job doing deliveries. But the position requires a car and driver’s license, both of which he lacks. Zim—short for Zimbietrofsky—is played by Adrien Jolivet, the director’s son, who was nominated for “most promising actor” at France’s equivalent of the Oscars. The film shows at 8 p.m. at the Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $9.75. (202) 966-6000.