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Cahiers du cinéma, mai 2015, par Aurélie Gaudet


CAHIERS DU CINEMA - MAY 2015

Brive, new generation, by Aurélie Godet



But it was again from among the documentaries that the surprise came, with Lupino by François Farellacci, a funny and cruel power pack of a film, the Youth Jury's pick. It has an explosive terminology suited to the brimming nervosity, frustration, or the more explicit rage expressed by the young people of the "difficult" neighbourhood of the suburb of Bastia that gives the film its title. We soon understand that they do all they can to stay outside, because what awaits them "inside" is Patrick Sébastien and his mind-numbing songs. The film is constructed like an expedition, introducing the spectator to this little world and clinging to the sneakers of the three boys as they criss-cross the byways of the complex, which is no mean feat. The playful atmosphere does not fail to simultaneously reveal ongoing power relations, as the little males seek to prove their domination over this harsh environment but also over their peers. A friendly embrace thus deceptively resembles a stranglehold, the handicapped boy is the object of incessant mockery, and the girls, as sexual prey, keep a low profile. Weakness is not tolerated and yet it is from the moments of vulnerability, unwittingly provided, that we emerge stunned, since they pack much more of a punch than a soundtrack with variations on the semantics of alienation and missed opportunities. So we are taken by surprise, like this boy who, after exposing himself to us, dancing and living intensely each word of Jean-Jacques Goldman's "Envole-moi", finds himself as though naked in front of the camera, which can do nothing but tactfully turn away.