Right of the Weakest
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French helmer Lucas Belvaux's The Right of the Weakest - a stark kitchen sink drama with occasional and unpredictable flashes of humor - meditates on the question of when to resign oneself to a sad fate and when to buck the system, even if it means risking everything. This ensemble piece observes the perpetually flagging fortunes of several male steelworkers in a French industrial community whose one bright spot is a regular weekly card game. The men exist at varying levels of despair, but all are losers. They include: Jean Pierre (Patrick Descamps), a wheelchair-bound sad sack who must be… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Consistently engaging account of decent folks scraping by in a former steel town builds suspense with a keen eye and a sharp ear for the pride of workers who no longer have work."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"The downbeat mood convinces. What might have been tedious becomes an involving and nail-biting thriller."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"This solidly acted film struggles to balance its portrait of life amongst the have-nots in contemporary Liege with the melodramatic aspects of a crime thriller."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"A misguided blasphemy of "Bicycle Thief," downloaded through film-noir affectations, this Competition Entrant is morally specious and narratively nonsensical."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"Dour and schematic drama about disenfranchised factory workers."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Belvaux's sympathies for his marginalised subjects are beyond doubt; the film's at its best when observing how the characters' lives are constrained by their environments (adroitly captured by the widescreen lensing)."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"The film, in the end, as solidly good as it is, rings a bit hollow, feels a little pointlessly bleak. The last sparks of the steel furnace where Robert and Jean-Pierre used to work have faded, and all that's left is for life to grind itself down."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Underwhelming heist film in which a likable group of unemployed Belgian steel workers plot an armed robbery over their daily card game."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Don't come here looking for laughs: the conclusion is sobering stuff."
‑ Anna Smith, BBC.com
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