After Discount, Les Invisibles: Louis-Julien Petit imposes citizen cinema [critique]

Corinne Masiero, Noémie Lvovsky, Audrey Lamy and Déborah Lukumuena are very touching in this social film.

First unencrypted broadcast, this Sunday on France 2, of invisible by Louis-Julien Petit, who follows the daily life of a handful of homeless women finding refuge in a reception centre. Waiting for news of its English remake for Netflixhere is our review of this beautiful film, not to be missed.

It is in France that we find the heir of English social cinema. His name is Louis-Julien Petit. Between Ken Loach and Stephen Frears, the filmmaker has imposed since his first film, discount, a civic cinema. In The Invisibles, her heroines are homeless women, those who wander from shelter to shelter in search of a little warmth. Louis-Julien Petit gives a face to those we no longer see. It is at l’Envol, a day care centre, that they come to stay without judgement. But the center is condemned to close because of non-profitability – because even the social structures must be profitable! – and these women will lose their point of attachment. Then begins a collegial fight to reverse fate, one of those stories as cinema likes them, where the D system and living together triumph over evil. Of course, we know that in real life, everything is much more complex and besides, the director does not fall into the fairy tale. But its dynamic staging, its hard-hitting dialogues, its gallery of touching characters give the film a communicative vitality. To which is added the strong point of his film: the highlighting of other invisible members of society, the social workers. By highlighting the energy of the centre’s managers’ struggle, interpreted with force and conviction by Corinne Masiero and Audrey Lamy, Louis-Julien Petit makes us want to fight, in our turn, against the unacceptable.

Audrey Lamy and Noémie Lvovsky: “Humor is the only thing left for these women”

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