A perfectly interwoven allegory with a premise that inspires suspense and rapid-fire dialog very naturally, Ennemis intérieurs does what the similarly minded, Oscar-nominated short Silent Nights does, but in a far less sentimental or preachy manner. It takes a sharp, timely look at an issue that raises awareness for both sides without ever pandering, but also presents us with an elegant drama/thriller as a result.
Important & timely contribution to the dialogue on systemic racism; Islamaphobia; immigration reform etc. Austere and harrowing, confined largely to a dim inter(rogation)viewing room. Still, couldn't help wishing it had been a play instead, it's tight crafting being a bit too distancing; too meticulous to be invisible. Could've been more raw. Still - brutal. The very definition of leaving a bitter taste...
Did everything 'Silent Nights' (one of the other 2017 Oscar nominated shorts) failed to do; It executed its socially relevant themes effectively, established its tone well, and it's just overall a better script. It's probably the most dialogue heavy out of all the shorts I've seen, and at times became very exhausting (could be because it was 11:30pm when I watched it). Still very enjoyable and well directed.
A very important topic handled very well, but with the inherent vice common to too many French productions: the DP is so set on being perceived as "elegant" that it keeps poking us in the eye and serving their ego rather than the meaning of the film, forgetting that directors and DPs who vanish are the truly elegant ones, like Mike Leigh, Dick Pope, Robert Bresson . . . Still, a much-needed reflection on the subject.