Der Glanz der Unsichtbaren

A film by Lou­is-Juli­en Petit. In French with Ger­man sub­tit­les.

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Envol (mea­ning “taking flight”) is a homeless day shel­ter for women in the bleak north of Fran­ce. It is run by women: Manu (Corin­ne Masie­ro, who was unf­or­gett­able as a woman living out of her car in Loui­se Wim­merSFFF 2013), Audrey (Audrey Lamy), and Angé­li­que (Débo­rah Luku­muena). They are assisted by a vol­un­teer, the posh, soon-to-be-sin­gle, and nai­ve Hélè­ne (Noé­mie Lvovs­ky). They genui­ne­ly care for the women who line up at the gates every morning. The shel­ter offers a warm show­er, a hot meal, cama­ra­de­rie, and coun­se­ling. But the city decla­res that Envol is not hel­ping enough women get off the streets. It is not pro­fi­ta­ble and the decisi­on is bru­tal­ly final: Envol will clo­se in three mon­ths.

Audrey, Manu, and the others deci­de to make the best out of the­se three mon­ths, and do wha­te­ver it takes to help their girls one last time. And that inclu­des ben­ding the rules. The shel­ter beco­mes a kind of boot camp for reinte­gra­ti­on, with the soci­al workers clan­des­ti­ne­ly allo­wing the women to sleep the­re over­night and trai­ning them in the day to beco­me con­fi­dent and func­tio­n­ing mem­bers of socie­ty.

Invi­si­bles suc­cess­ful­ly mixes come­dy with a docu­men­ta­ry approach. Real-life homeless women por­tray­ing them­sel­ves with humor star in the film. That inclu­des Adol­pha van Meerha­eg­he. Like the woman she por­trays –Chan­tal, may­be the most memo­r­able cha­rac­ter of the film – she used to sleep out­si­de the Lil­le train sta­ti­on and ser­ved time in pri­son for kil­ling her vio­lent hus­band. Actress Corin­ne Masie­ro herself, now the star of one of France’s most popu­lar TV crime dra­ma series, Capi­tai­ne Mar­leau, open­ly talks about being homeless in her twen­ties. Direc­tor Lou­is-Juli­en Petit spent a year vol­un­tee­ring in women’s homeless shel­ters, say­ing that he wan­ted to get the tone of the film right: “I had a lot of pre­con­cei­ved ide­as but when I was in the shel­ters, what I found was peop­le who were just like me.”

 
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Les Invi­si­bles
FR 2019, 102 Min., frz. OmU
Regie und Buch: Lou­is-Juli­en Petit
nach dem Buch von Clai­re Lajeu­nie „Sur La Rou­te Des Invi­si­bles, Femmes Dans La Rue“
Kame­ra: DAVID CHAMBILLE
Schnitt: ANTOINE VAREILLE & NATHAN DELANNOY
mit: Audrey Lamy, Corin­ne Masie­ro, Noé­mie Lvovs­ky, Débo­rah Luku­muena, Sarah Suco, Bri­git­te Sy, Pablo Pau­ly, Quen­tin Fau­re u.a.

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