Swagger nimmt uns mit in die Welt von elf verblüffend charakterstarken Kindern und Jugendlichen, die inmitten der größten sozialen Brennpunkte Frankreichs aufwachsen. Der Film lässt uns die Welt durch einen besonderen und unerwarteten Blickwinkel betrachten…
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Astonishing and effective. Doing social and political critique just by letting the social reality (and silence) 'talk'.
This documentary on french shantytowns revolves around a simple concept. You are called to draw a picture of young migrants' lives starting from bits of interviews, by difference, comparing yours daily experiences, aspirations, and opportunities with theirs.
PC/TV screen. It's sympathetic Babinet's willingness to find a distinct form from the one that has marked and trivialized the current documentary cinema - see the articulation in/off of testimonials with images referring to other individuals, generating an idea of an affections' community. However, its intentions of being cool and stylized intervenes so often that in the end turns out being something/somehow fake.
A touching, creative, colorful, non-exploitative documentary about the Parisian banlieues and their eclectic, diverse, young inhabitants. A powerful counter-argument to La Haine, full of joie de vivre.
PS The little girl's rant against Mickey Mouse, Barbie, and the culture industry as a whole is epic: she must be a fervent disciple of the Frankfurt School. Uncle Adorno would be proud.
Extraordinary directing of photography and storytelling in this documentary makes this movie something more than just analysis of Paris suburbs - it's visualisation of dreams and fears of all the kids portrayed in Swagger. I love them, I want to sit and talk with them - so many wise words, understanding of truly complicated things and so much love in them.
Dir. Babinet may have found the perfect approach to this subject. The best documentaries are made with empathy and curiosity about humans. Coupled with Timo Salminen's delightful cinematography, this film successfully captures the spirit of these kids. And the youngest girl may be the smartest of us all.