Paris 1899. Corporal Jean Albertini, an orphan of humble origins, is chosen to infiltrate a band of anarchists. For him, it’s a chance to move up the ranks. But forced to compromise without respite, Jean is increasingly divided.
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A group of isolated individuals, melancholy and ever more desperate. Not at all what my dear Kropotkin sugested. It's hard to say what this story is about or to what purpose was it built. Maybe we can look at it trying to get insight precisely into that loneliness that idealists face, in some moments where history is running against them, that can lead to desperation and nihilism. Maybe.
[REVIEW] 62/100 - The Anarchists (Elie Wajeman, France)
Opening and closing with monologues from Judith, The Anarchists frankly has little to say besides “Long Live Anarchy”.
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Ca pourrait être passionnant si la mise ne scène et le scénario n'étaient pas si plats. Les acteurs s'en sortiraient bien (notamment Tahar Rahim qui ressemble de plus en plus à Olivier Gourmet), si nous n'étions pas coincé dans la pesanteur des costumes, de la reconstitution, du romantisme plus que du politique... On s'emmerde !
I give this movie 3 stars because of the Kinks track and the scene in the bar where the individualist is arguing with the communists. You won't find anything like that in any other movie because anarchism on film today is at best a played out cartoon villain or sordid identity politics. That said, the historical angle is ultimately very shallow and the movie is essentially a bottom-shelf love-gone-wrong story.