With a gun at his belt and a truncheon in his hand, Pento has just joined the Seine-Saint-Denis anti-crime brigade. With his teammates, he develops specific methods.
Before Ladj Ly won the Jury Prize at Cannes last year for his incendiary feature debut Les misérables, the director made a short of the same name. Set amid the same tensions between police and locals and across ethnicities in the French banlieues, it is gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines cinema.
Les Miserables is almost everything you could hope for in a short film. The French drama is gritty from beginning to end and features a unique style of cinematography that has a very modern feel with the aerial shots of street crime coming from a drone camera. With a unique plot, a chilling soundtrack, and profound acting, essentially all Les Miserables lacks is a time frame that does the film justice.
This is a great short film, one of the best I have ever seen. I think the cinematography in this film is pretty perfect, love all the shots and angles that were used. The one thing I don’t like is that it is to short. It should definitely be longer so that it can have more depth, detail and to expand on the plot. Besides the length it was a very enjoyable.
Have not had the chance to watch his full length film but grateful to see where it germinated. This is structured like some of the best thrillers out there, and realistically depicts the corruption in power structures in France. I hope the full length has some hope of fighting back in it that this one lacked as it was just grim and terrifying.
Well I see someone’s been watching US cop shows. It’s ostensibly about policy brutality but the victims get almost no development, while the murdering cop is the most human character.
At least we know the US won’t be bombing France. If this was a middle eastern country we’d be hearing all about the “brutal racist regime that murders its own citizens.”
Watch LE HAINE instead.
O que mais impressiona é o ritmo, talvez calculado, de forma que o espectador não tem muito tempo de “compreender” as relações postas ali — nem as pessoas reais envolvidas em tramas parecidas o tem. Há também a força de um cinema francês que, muito tempo depois, saiu de Paris e foi para seu subúrbio contar outras histórias. O cinema ajuda a melhorar mundo?