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(Les Invisibles)

Louis-Julien Petit

Social commentary, feminist anthem, broad comedy with a side of rom com – Louis-Julien Petit’s Les Invisibles is a marvellous genre-bending confection. That these dimensions don’t fuse seamlessly, but often collide, only serves to underline and expose the messiness of its heroines’ lives – these ‘invisibles’ society has left behind.

"A marvellous genre-bending confection..."

Audrey and Manu run a day shelter for homeless women, offering them warm showers, hot meals, a little camaraderie and some crucial career guidance. When municipal officials decide that the centre isn’t getting enough people off the streets and back to work, they shut it down, leaving Audrey and Manu to deal with the consequences. The two soon decide to keep it open clandestinely, allowing women to stay at the centre overnight and training them during the day to become confident, functioning members of society.