“When they hit, we hit. When they kill, we will killA whole declaration of principles from the protagonists of some serious riots in the French Quarter. Netflix opens this week Athena, drama set in fictional district of France.
Athena begins with Abdel (Dali Benssala), a French soldier whose family is of Algerian origin, leaving the police station to beg for peace in front of the TV cameras, his younger brother died after being beaten by policeat least that’s how it looks in the video that went viral.
Call for calm is futile, his middle brother Karim (Sami Slimane) leads a battalion that raids the police station in search of weapons. On the run with the stolen police van, they end up next door Athena where his minions built a fortified fortresswhere the police will obviously go to try to restore order.
If the ingredients are not enough AthenaAbdel has an older brother from another father, Moktar (Oussini Embarek), an arms dealer who is not at all satisfied with the riots and the arrival of the police.
Athena It starts with a breathtaking shot of about 12 minutes, in which we will see the attack on the police station. Later director Romain Gavras will again overuse sequential shots. The Greek-born director explained in Venice, where the film was in official competition, that the title of the film had been chosen for cause a Greek tragedyas the family of the protagonist is experiencing a real tragedy.
Gavras idealizes violence with virtuous images, the brutal use of fireworks against the police leads to very vivid action scenes. The director always justifies the violence because it was “provoked”. Of course, the extreme right is always hovering around as the real culprits of the situation.
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