Bruno Dumont’s directorial debut takes place in a provincial town in the north of France, where a twenty-year-old named Freddy lives. Racial tensions arise when he sees his girlfriend talking to the new guy in town, an Arab.
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Essential cinema. Dumont's debut feature of French miserableness is even more powerful and provocative now then when in debut in '97. Confrontational from its title through execution featuring a collection of authentic performances, from a non-professional cast most of whom never acted again, and low key but solid production values. Scripting is aces but was soon surpassed by his second feature.
I was struck by the contrast of the sensitivity of the boys towards AIDS, and their ignorant attitude to almost everything else. Dumont is a master in capturing small town life with a distinctive, non-judgemental eye. What do you do when you've got nowhere to go?
three breaking points;
revenge .kader's cursing to all french people,
abusing of overweight girl,
kader's rejection in the park,
these scenes are manipulating our ideas about characters.All characters amateur but they are acting better than proffesionals.This director doesnt have any dogmatic ideas ,he is telling his story in simplest form.This is masterful work of art for a director's first feature film.
Feels properly in line with the existential youth-tinted angst of the new wave, and Dumont's level of detachment, searching for grace in a place crippled by miserabilist depravity and racial tension, is infrequently brutal. Probably as essential as La Haine as far as the late nineties renaissance of French social realism goes.
Not a likeable character in it. Hard, grim and humour free.
An interesting perspective on harsh small town worlds and perhaps stupid cruel youth not aware of right and wrong.
The lead actor died as a hobo in 2015 : /
Delivers extremely well, mostly avoiding miserabilism by avoiding the gift of excuses to tribal/antisocial behaviour and not painting the opposing side as a perfect angel. The image is great, the sex scenes amazing (the quickie in the field is one of the best 4 second of sex on screen I have seen).
Somewhere between Oshima and Dardennes (nah, JK), but good in very different ways.