[It’s] difficult, after all the acclaim, not to be disappointed by this engaging, quirky but slight film… Nevertheless, Les Combattants is not without charm. Its location on the south-west coast in a modest family avoids the clichés of either ‘miserabilist’ banlieue films or the usual affluent Parisian milieu of French auteur cinema. And there are the wonderful central performances. While Azaïs is excellent, Haenel confirms her promise from previous roles in Water Lilies and Suzanne.
June 05, 2015