Louis-Julien Petit


Les invisibles

France 2018
In French with English subtitles
102 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Louis-Julien Petit
Screenplay: Louis-Julien Petit, Marion Doussot & Claire Lajeunie based on book "Sur la route des invisibles, femmes dans la rue" by Claire Lajeunie
Cast: Noémie Lvovsky, Audrey Lamy, Corinne Masiero, Déborah Lukumuena
Production: Liza Benguigui & Philippe Dupuis-Mendel / Elemiah
Print Source: Charades

Writer-director Louis-Julien Petit’s second feature is set in a women’s homeless shelter, mixing a veteran cast with several non-professional actresses.

Bathing the cast in soft light and turning the shelter into a friendly if transient setting, Petit avoids some of the pitfalls of dour social realism and comes closer here to the genial social comedies of Ken Loach, many of which have been hits in France. Indeed, with Discount and now Invisibles, the director seems to be following in the British auteur’s footsteps, working with non-professional actors to depict the darker sides of a country plighted by unemployment and inequality, but doing so with a smile.

Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter