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Our review of the film Building 5, by Ladj Ly: disarmed concrete

2023-12-05T19:29:56.448Z

Highlights: The director returns with a new social charge but without the strength of "Les Misérables", which won four Césars. After the police blunders, he denounces the housing crisis and the expropriation that forces residents to sell their homes at a ridiculous price to move further away. Haby, a resident of Building 5, like her best friend, Blaz, is one of them. A committed activist, she discovered by chance at the town hall where she was doing an internship a new plan to redevelop the neighborhood to their disadvantage. To fight this project defended by the interim mayor, she is running...


REVIEW - The director returns with a new social charge but without the strength of "Les Misérables", which won four Césars.


Aerial shots reveal an island of slender bars, before plunging onto one of them, a monumental building set on a concrete screed in a housing estate reminiscent of others. This is Building 5, the eponymous nerve centre of Ladj Ly's new film. A drone and a grey suburb: from the opening, the director takes us back to his first film, Les Misérables, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and 4 César Awards, including Best Film.

The décor hasn't changed, nor has the theme fuelled by social tensions, but after the police blunders, he denounces the housing crisis and the expropriation that forces residents to sell their homes at a ridiculous price to move further away. Haby, a resident of Building 5, like her best friend, Blaz, is one of them. A committed activist, she discovered by chance at the town hall where she was doing an internship a new plan to redevelop the neighborhood to their disadvantage. To fight this project defended by the interim mayor, she is running...

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