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.
I know that Regis and Nailä will be just alright in the world with their resilience and their ascerbic wits, but I'm worried about Mariyama, she needs help working through the trauma. I also did not understand if Paul got involved in drug trade or not. I hope not. Such bright, amazing kids, I really hope their lives work out well.
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.