(November 3, 2019) Original
January 10, 2020
From IMDb: “Stéphane joined the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, in the 93. He meets his new teammates, Chris and Gwada, and discovers the tensions between the different groups of the district”
Poster Rating: C+
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Review: This design seems to draw inspiration from the titular source material even if the film itself doesn’t seem to feature any such scenes nor feel particularly like Victor Hugo’s classic novel.
Trailer Rating: C+
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Review: Taking on the title of a famous novel creates certain expectations and this trailer lives up to none of them, but it doesn’t present a potentially compelling narrative nonetheless.
This film has gotten terrific reviews and will represent France in the Academy’s Best International Film competition. It has a solid chance of making the shortlist, which could earn France its first slot at the Oscars since 2015 and only their second shot at the brass ring since 2009. It would mark the country’s 40th Oscar nomination, extending its impressive record of nominations. If the film should win, it would be France’s 13th victory, then trailing Italy by 1. That’s a lot of supposition though as the film could blank altogether as voters in Best International Film have a tendency to buck expectations.