A film by Louis-Julien Petit. In French with German subtitles.
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 Wimmer – SFFF 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.”
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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