The Brigade: an exciting feel-good movie [critique]

Awarded at the Alpe d’Huez festival, Audrey Lamy shines in this choral film straddling the world of cooking and that of undocumented migrants.

Second in the kitchen to a highly publicized chef, Cathy (Audrey Lamy) dreams of running her own restaurant. Exhausted, she quit her job on a whim and landed a job as a canteen manager in a home for young undocumented migrants… Don’t run away! We were also very scared when we discovered the synopsis of Squad, believing you’re facing the kind of film that takes you emotionally hostage (if you’re not moved, it’s necessarily because you’re a vile scumbag). But Louis-Julien Petit, who seemingly specializes in social comedy (discount, The Invisibles), aims for something else: the trajectory of an egocentric and somewhat lost woman, who reviews her scale of values ​​in contact with the other. The director signs a sincerely positive film, subtly transforming a first-person narrative into a choral adventure. It seems very simple, but it takes a lot of mastery to avoid the trap of misery and breathe life into this story, movement and naturalness. The trick is certainly partly in the casting, populated by actors from non-professional actors (the young people of the center, real migrants) and brilliant supporting roles (Chantal Neuwirth and François Cluzet). But it is indeed Audrey Lamy who wins the piece, revealing the resources ofacting acting unsuspected which earned him the interpretation prize at the Alpe d’Huez Festival. A real good moment of cinema feel goodpopular without being vulgar, and that Toledano and Nakache would not deny.

Of Louis-Julien Petit With Audrey Lamy, François Cluzet, Chantal Neuwirth… Duration 1 h 37. Released March 23, 2022

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