Having just been injured in a mugging, Eddy earned the sympathy and attention of his estranged family and gotten back on his feet. The same cannot be said for Ahmed whose life starts ...
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Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.
Just out of prison, Nas returns to his neighborhood, Pigalle, where he finds his friends and his older brother Arezki, boss of the bar Le Prestige. Nas is determined to recreate a name and Le Prestige could well serve as a springboard .
Having just been injured in a mugging, Eddy earned the sympathy and attention of his estranged family and gotten back on his feet. The same cannot be said for Ahmed whose life starts falling apart after he's wrongly accused of the crime. When the case against Ahmed starts to unravel, Eddy has to go back on the defensive.Written by
This is a subject André Cayatte or Yves Boisset (see "Dupont-lajoie") could have treated ;here Emmanuel Finkiel thoroughly renews the subject ; whereas his former colleagues would have focused on the wrong man and his unfair accuser , the director builds a complete social context .
Eddy has got a chip on his shoulder ;we do not know much about his past ,except for his alcoholism ;but he was probably born under a bad sign ,on the wrong side of town ;as a precedent user noticed ,Eddy recalls a Greek hero ,a "decent man" whose fate is sealed as soon as he appears . He longs for a peaceful life between his wife and his young son ;he tries his best to fit in this ruthless society ,but he cannot; he wants to be a sales-clerk ,but remains a fork-lift truck operator ;"I would be forced to dismiss one of our employees " says Régis,his sympathetic chef .But Regis represents all that Eddy hates deep in his heart : the man with good prospects ,who also helps his wife (nothing sexual,in spite of his last phone call), par excellence the guy who integrates well into the French society .Hence the horrible final ,which for once ,makes sense ,even though many people will find it unbearable -but in our world , not rare anymore unfortunately.
The innocent young Arab becomes some kind of scapegoat ,a way to take revenge on the society ; Finkiel does not take the easy way: we hardly have time to feel for the chastized innocent ;this miscarriage of justice , though hateful, is only a detail in a tragic picture of the descent into hell of an underdog ;his victim is only a figure , his lines are kept to the minimum :in the past ,the directors I mention above would have detailed the Eddy/Ahmed affair when the men are brought face to face and we would have attended a looong trial .
This movie is one of most desperate works of the decade .Nicolas Duvauchelle portrays this decent man,this fallen angel, with a rare dramatic intensity ; he gets strong support from Mélanie Laurent as his unfortunate wife.
I would recommend it ,but only for people with a strong heart.
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