Fifth about The Seventh

South Sentinel (Sentinelle Sud)

South Sentinel: Mathieu Gérault’s heartbreaking film takes a look at the young man that countries send to war. They are generally destitute to begin with and are chewed up and later abandoned when they are used up; crime becomes a viable option back home. Niels Schneider plays one such veteran, a sensitive young man who clearly needs some sort of anchor in his life, in a very touching portrait. Sofian Khammes is fine as one of his closest brothers-in-arms who gets in trouble. India Hair, playing a sympathetic medical doctor, is likewise a good presence. Editor Guerric Catala gives the film a good pace, telling its story with a tight runtime. Director of photography Laurent Brunet captures the pain in the actor faces quite well.

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