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Louise-Michel

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2249

Louise-Michel

Louise-Michel


As the film opens with women clocking into a large textile factory this looks like a gritty French version of Made in Dagenham.

One day they arrive at the factory to find it has been gutted and they are jobless.

The film hangs on what they decide to do with their pay off. Louise’s plan wins—to whack the boss who sacked them. She hires local gun enthusiast and fantasist Michel to track down the boss.

The backdrop throughout is grey and run down. Louise feeds on pigeons she traps on her tower block balcony.

This could be a hilarious story of workers’ revenge. The filmmakers do have a political agenda—the film’s title recalls Louise Michel, a hero of the revolutionary Paris Commune in 1871.

But the dark humour and slapstick become tedious. So whatever the good intentions, sadly, Louise-Michel doesn’t work.

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Tue 26 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2249
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