Directed by Elie Wajeman
Starring Tahar Rahim, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Swann Arlaud, Cédric Kahn and Guillaume Gouix
Set in 1899 Paris, a young police sergeant is chosen to infiltrate a group of anarchists, an opportunity he sees to rise through the ranks. However, he soon finds himself becoming attached to the group.
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★★★½ review by Enfant du Siècle on Letterboxd
Jean Albertini, a solitary man with no real ties to any person or place, works as a brigadier in fin de siècle Paris and is assigned to go undercover and infiltrate an anarchist group. He'll find comfort and develop fragile relationships with these rebellious individuals but, at some point, he will be pushed to make a decision and choose between fulfilling his duty or help the people who have become his family.
Elie Wajeman's sophomore film is a well crafted period piece. However, I think the story would have benefited if the lead character had stronger development and background story; also, the ending felt a little rushed. The story and its outcome are rather predictable, but the performances are fairly good, and the costumes and cinematography are beautiful. Overall Les Anarchistes lacked that spark to take the film to the next level, but it's interesting enough to keep the viewer invested through its runtime.
★★★★ review by Tim Boester on Letterboxd
It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. An orphan cop goes undercover to infiltrate an anarchist group in 1899 Paris. The entire film proceeds in an understated way, with tight close-ups and washed out colors, slowly building (will his cover be blown?) to the inevitable, explosive climax.
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