French Film Review: Athena
It premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival and is now available to watch on Netflix and it’s one not to miss. Directed by Romain Gavras (who is known for making music videos for the likes of Jamie xx and Kanye West), this gritty thriller follows three siblings of Algerian heritage whose lives are thrown into chaos following the tragic killing of their youngest brother.
His death at the hands of police officers sparks anger and an atmosphere of unsettled, brooding danger. Set in the banlieues of Paris (Ladj Ly of Les Misérables fame is on the writing credits), it explores racism, violence and justice, or the lack thereof. A stunner of an opening kicks off a thoroughly absorbing and immersive journey into life on a rough and neglected Paris estate.
Director: Romain Gavras
Starring: Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane
From France Today magazine
Lead photo credit : Athena was released in September 2022
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