Gritty, gutsy immersive interlude in the lives of the less respectable element of French Romanis. Does little to counter racist stereotypes, but provides a revealing account of bonds, bonding and familial responsibilities that develop among those outcast from the mainstream. A tough watch.
Hue continues his immersion into the Yeniche Roma community in France with this follow up to his earlier feature 'La BM du Seigneur'. A young man, whose older brother is just released after a 15 year stint in jail, accompanies his brothers on an excursion into possible crime and definite tragedy. Not as involving as one would hope and certainly overshadowed by similar themed films.
"Indie" cinema # 4: From the speed. Extending some ethnic folklore of his previous film, albeit with a hysteria on the brink of deafness, it expands beyond the limits an anthropological subservience by a superior narrative movement in speed limit. Shouting a life that craves death, it follows a vertigo densified in the sequences of the police chase, an intense reformulation of the french "polar".
2.5 Why did the title not get translated literally as "Eat Your Dead"? It would have made sense in English, and "dead" instead of "bones" has more meaning with the father's death and erasure of a violent ethos. Good costuming on Jason: pure white clothes to keep clean until his baptism, yet dirtied by grease, diesel, and blood. His new white shirt has black piping to show his brief brush with the dark side.
Pour les dialogues, dans un français très approximatif, fleuri et forcément argotique, qui renforcent un peu plus l’immersion. Pour un film qui n’oublie jamais d’être cinégénique, notamment lors d’un sublime plan nocturne qui illustre la mort de Boniface.
Mais aussi pour sa réalisation soignée qui culmine dans son chapitre final lors d’une course poursuite intense et onirique, hors du temps et du monde.