“[Diop] has crafted a collective tapestry of voices and vantage points to preserve traces of the ordinary lives that are so often rendered invisible but are indispensable to any idea of French identity.” – Senses of Cinema
We [‘Nous’] (Alice Diop, 2021, 115 min, France, French with English subtitles, DCP)
— Introduced by Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot (Romance Studies/Cinematic Arts). Q&A to follow.
A kaleidoscopic portrait of people from the Parisian suburbs, their lives and work connected by the RER B commuter train that cuts through the city from north to south. A migrant mechanic, a care worker for the elderly, a writer, and the director herself, all make up the “we” of the title.
“With a light, deft approach, Diop lays bare France’s gruesome, maddening postcolonial history simply by being a patient observer … Motored by Diop’s curiosity and compassion … her film is clear-eyed but not cynical, hopeful but not mawkish.” – Melissa Anderson
Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public. (COVID-19 Info)