Les Invisibles

2012 [FRENCH]

Documentary / Romance

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 476

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Reviewed by guy-bellinger 8 / 10

Invisible ? Not any more. And no longer inaudible.

The debate over gay marriage (called here "Marriage for all") has been a particularly heated one in France. Several hundreds of thousands of people have risen, demonstrating daily, at times violently, against... a new right which takes nothing away from anybody! Quite surprising in a society which seemed yet to have evolved, particularly after over ten countries adopted the measure without making waves. I guess none of these opponents (or at least not many) went to see Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary "Les Invisibles", which is a pity because a part of them could have been faced with the fact that homosexuals are people like all others, that there is love in gay couples as well and that it is accordingly unfair not to treat them on an equal footing with other citizens.

To be sure, being gay is no pleasure cruise yet in today's France, where a climate of homophobia is unfortunately growing. But it used to be much worse back in the nineteen fifties and sixties, the decades when the people interviewed in the film started their sexual lives. A time when coming out was out of the question. An era when society's tolerance existed only for artists but to a certain extent only (ah, those dirty jokes sullying the reputation of actors like Jean Marais or singers like Charles Trénet!) and when coming out was out of the question for the vast majority of gays. It is the hardship of living one's sex life when it does not fit into the framework imposed by society which is expressed by the elderly men and women interviewed by Sébastien Lipshitz in "Les Invisibles. In soft or curt but always candid words, Yann and Pierre, Bernard and Jacques, Catherine and Elisabeth, Monique, Thérèse , Jacques... will tell you as much about themselves as about the manners of times (not so long) past. With sensitivity, with intelligence, often with humor and always with humanity. What is sure is that Sébastien Lipshitz has chosen his interviewees with extreme care. Coming from various layers of French society, they all share a common point : their articulate ideas and expression.

Aside from this faultless relevance, "Les Invisibles" rises above the mere sociological statement : it is also an artistic achievement. Filmed in wide screen (which is seldom the case in documentaries), the movie benefits from a high quality cinematography and a neat sound design. Concerned about the scope of his subject, Sébastien Lifshitz keeps inscribing his "characters" within a frame always larger than them. Hence those beautiful shots of nature, at times not in direct connection with what they say, making them not only spokespersons for a cause but three-dimensional human beings.

I doubt Raymond Depardon ever intended to make a documentary about homosexuality, but supposing he did, the result would be very close to "Les Introuvables", an exemplary illustration of the genre.

Reviewed by jromanbaker 10 / 10

great director

I wish Sebastien Lipshitz would make more films. Of all the French directors during the past decades who have broken the French ( hidden ) taboo on making same sex films he is the best. Techine is variable. Christophe Honore equally so and Ozon fluctuates. But Lipshitz in his clear and unsentimental way has made a handful of films that take top place in my collection. I remember seeing ' Les Invisibles ' in a small cinema near the Bastille area in 2012. Despite the onset of food poisoning due to some bad food I watched the film with a sense of sorrow, anger and tenderness. This was my generation up there on the screen, and being young in Paris in the 1960's was, despite its joys a place of pain. Young men ( I cannot speak for women ) were either bisexual or openly defiant in their open acceptance of their sexuality, but most sadly either married or hated themselves. In culture you either had Jean Genet on one side or the closet literature of Julien Green or Francois Mauriac on the other. There were lots of gay novels, some very good, some horrifically self-hating. Contempt or a tepid tolerance was the best a gay man could expect, and every gay reference in a film was held like a gem in one's hand. As for the so-called New Wave it never flowed over Gay themes, and I look back in anger at them for that. Catholicism and Communism joined a united front against us, and between Godard and the terrible films of Lelouch there was no representation. Then as the 21st century got into its stride out stepped a handful of people who made our lives a source of interest and here, I repeat Lipshitz as, and is, the best of all of them. And ' Les Invisibles ' was a quiet indictment of those heteronormative values of French society, and although he does not mention it the culture of film and literature of those days. I hope they may never return, but the spectacle of horror against Gay marriage in France was a warning not to be ignored.

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