“Let’s go children”, dance to learn better

Let’s go kids ***

by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

French documentary, 1h50

Rare enough to warrant mention, this documentary is already being adapted into fiction under the title of Turgot, which will start filming in October. Mohammed Hamidi (The cow, born somewhere) is directing and Romain Duris is starring. This feature film should also be made into a series, which is a testament to the quality and richnesslet’s gochildren. “Turgot is Glory! », explains David Bérillon, physical education teacher and head of hip-hop education at this Parisian high school, which is the subject of the film.

In 2014 he founded this excellent sports department, recruiting all over the capital and beyond. In addition to the artistic project, the goal is to integrate students from working-class neighborhoods in order to break the spiral of school failure through dance. The directors Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai (Lourdes) focus on students entering their second year to follow them for one school year. These newcomers haven’t quite left childhood behind.

Transformation of teenagers

For humble teenagers, entering Turgot comes with the shock of encountering a world whose codes they ignore. Your dreams are blurry (“Later I see myself as a choreographer or secretary”) and the sometimes very present aftermath of their young years. Charlotte does not know where or when she was born. The thought that she would surely be dead without her adoptive mother plagues her, as does the fact that her date of birth is a pure fabrication of identity. Michelle feels transparent and doesn’t“Be nobody”. Maxime grew up with an alcoholic and violent mother, the person he was “love and hate most in the world” : “She is the source of my anger, my life, everything. If I dance, it’s for her. Always for her. » For Charlotte, the survivor, dancing is knowing you’re alive; for Michelle it must exist.

All of these young high school students express themselves through hip-hop, which gives everyone the freedom to create their own style. The words collected by the directors are juxtaposed with their dances and their choreographies, which in a unique way evoke their inwardness and their emotions. That fightsthose face-to-face encounters where you confront everyone in your art “determine”, are also great schools of respect and equality between girls and boys. From a distance or immersed in the movement and its flow, the camera multiplies the possibilities of capturing the dance in an energy that radiates onto the screen. As In body by Cédric Klapisch on the career of an opera dancer after an injury, let’s go kids stages an unbelievable grace and raw beauty, real life and its power.

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Portraits of teenagers who transform themselves before our eyes, the documentary also paints the picture of a generation to which society sees almost nothing but overconsumption as a horizon. It shows national education at its best, with David Bérillon, his headmaster and his colleagues, brimming with goodwill and committed to making the Republican school the school of all.

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