Les Misérables is a powerful and confronting realist work depicting a contemporary French migrant suburb on the edge of anarchy. A brilliant powder-keg of a cop thriller, all the more remarkable for being writer/director Ladj Ly’s feature debut.
1917 is a big budget war film featuring extraordinary virtuoso camerawork. However, for all its technical sophistication it is little more than a tense good-looking war thriller, falling far short of the greatness it aspires to.
La Belle Époque is a fun and intriguing time-travel-fantasy romcom exploring the delights and traps of nostalgia and its impact on the present.