It’s a film about proletariat. How many such films have you seen recently? And even if you’ve had, this one is subtle enough to avoid pedagogy and vulgar morals. But ultimately it’s a picture about brotherhood and life that drags you without breaks till your insignificant death. Watch it to give yourself this reminder.
A contemporary tribute to Pasolini's "Accatone" starts with an impressive aerial establishinh shot and continues to magnify class relations in a small rural community. The cinematography is elegant, underscoring mood and tension in the domestic and industrial settings. Acted with conviction (Bayle is superb) this is a confident film, which works well as a look on global capital's penetration of the domestic sphere.
A really solid third film for the unpredictable Xavier Beauvois, helped by a good cast and an almost perfect script (except the very end). But the real argument that makes "Selon Matthieu" a special film is the "mise en scène", this attention to stagging and framing, where the images speak for themselves and tell us also a tiny bit more about what's coming next or what's on the character's mind. Precise and clever.