LES INVISIBLES

(INVISIBLES)

November 25, 8:45 p.m.

Dramedy | 102 min | English Canada Premiere

French (English subtitles)

In three months a homeless shelter for women is set to close as the result of an administration decision. The social workers running the centre will do whatever it takes to reintegrate the women back into society. They have no protocol, everything is permitted... but time is running out.

 

At a time when France is facing street protests about social injustice, a comedy about homeless women in the north is being tipped as one of the funniest and most moving films of the year (…) The film – in which the homeless women adopt pseudonyms like “Lady Di”, “Brigitte Macron”, “Simone Veil” “Édith Piaf”, “Vanessa Paradis”, "La Cicciolina"] – was feted at the Angoulême film festival last year as an ode to “the modern women of the resistance” – those on the streets and the female social workers helping them. Several other French festivals have given the film awards.

— Angelis Chrisafis, The Guardian

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Carried by great actresses, Les Invisibles blithely mixes tones (sometimes dramatic, sometimes hilarious) and genres (between realism and storytelling).

— Le Parisien

A comedy about homeless women in the economically depressed North of France doesn’t sound like a winning proposition on paper but with its engaging mix of actual women from the streets and a handful of France’s least grand professional actresses, Invisibles (Les Invisibles) is solid empathy-fuelled entertainment. Arriving in theatres after over two months of “yellow vest” protests by ordinary citizens across France, the theme of maintaining hope and dignity when prospects are dwindling or stymied feels pertinent without preaching.

— Lisa Nesselson, ScreenDaily

Louis-Julien Petit’s Les Invisibles is a complicated but marvelous confection of a film. It works as film social, feel-good movie, feminist anthem, broad comedy and rom-com. That these dimensions don’t fuse seamlessly, but often collide, ironically makes the film work even more. It’s messy in the way life is messy, especially the social strata the film portrays. It’s about people who aren’t often seen as real people by the rest of us, hence the title, which recalls Ralph Ellison’s classic novel of Black-American life, Invisible Man.

— Dimitri Keramitas, Bonjour Paris

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