F produced in collaboration with students from Ivry -on the Seine on the outskirts of Paris, Nos Defaites is a snapshot of their feelings about 21st century society and their commitment, or not, to political change. But he does this decisive test with a twist: by offering them first scenes from movies, including movies.largely sixty-eight by Jean-Luc Godard and Chris Marker, featuring disenchanted workers, fulminant strikers and overt revolutionaries. And then - in an exercise of comprehension style - he asks the actors what they think of the ideas expressed in each one.
Confronted with adolescents who struggle to define "commerce union" or "revolution", we first get the impression that juxtaposing them with such a fervent material is a passive-aggressive gesture on the part of the director Jean-Gabriel Periot. There is indeed a striking discrepancy between the often very busy and persuasive performances they give, and the embarrassed perplexity with which many engage with Periot's questions. But these Brechtian arcade tactics seem to have a dual purpose: to highlight the drama inherent in any form of politics while suggesting that it is only by jumping between the spectator and the act.eur, and by actively addressing the concepts being debated, that they really begin to make sense.
Our defeats start to get quite laborious when different students are asked to stage the same scenes, with an emphasis on performance again - then sit them down, again, for a debriefing . The vagueness of students and, at times, their adherence to the system can be depressing. But one of the students shows that this is not necessarily a reason for despair: "It is to admit that we do not know all things.
Periot 's perseverance is rewarded in a way that confirms that his film was not meant to be just an observation, but actively raising awareness. In December 2018, as part of the more protests wide of French education that year, students blocked their high school to protest against imprisonmentsix of them for grafting the vessel - and even the most apathetic are on board. But it's a bit long to get there.
Our losses are available on Mubi on September 15.