I like the idea of this documentary, which speculates almost as much as it observes. Youngsters speak about their lives, their dreams, and what they feel about growing up in France. Unfortunately, a few personalities shine out while others aren't given enough time and exposure.
"With a mix of one-on-one interviews and impressively staged bursts of pure fiction — including a drone sequence where a fleet of CG spaceships invade the housing projects — Swagger oscillates between a documentary chronicle and something more imaginative, uncovering pockets of creativity behind the rough setting." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
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.
Liebreizende junge Leute, die eine Problemviertel-Schule besuchen, erzählen von ihrem Leben und teilen ihre schlauen Ansichten. Das allein ist schon toll zu sehen, dazu dann aber noch das für eine Doku ungewönhliche Licht, die Kamera, "künstliche" Schnitte. Hätte daneben gehen können, funktioniert aber super; alles sehr originell. Bitte Swagger 2 in zehn Jahren: Ich wüsste gern, was aus den ganzen Sympathen wird.
A tale of outsiders, and outsiders amongst outsiders (there are degrees)...at first the juxtaposition between interviews (sans interviewer) and the stagy scenes wears the patience, until you realize they're not stagings, but reenactments...through some deft editing, the filmaker weaves a strand between these disparate kids, and in the end shows/proves that humanity's common thread is the little, everyday things....