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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. —-Mark Jenkins

It’s about time that the Dutch alt-rockers of Racoon locked their sights on State-side success. Formed in 1997, the band has spent the last decade crafting a style of fervent balladry comparable to late-’90s alternative radio staples such as Counting Crows and Semisonic. But it’s only with its third and latest album, Another Day, that Racoon has leapt into Holland’s national spotlight—-going so far as to receive an official endorsement by the Dutch government. So, now they’re finally getting around to touring the United States; after all, once the ruling body of a band’s home country constitutes a chunk of its fan base, expanding its range of influence across the globe is clearly next on the to-do list. Racoon performs with the Lemonheads and the New Rivals at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $17. (202) 667-7960. —-Matthew A. Stern