France 2 is broadcasting tonight the TV movie “Vunérables” directed by Arnaud Sélignac, with Léa Drucker, Thierry Godard, and Romane Bohringer. Addressing the issue of foreign minors, Vulnerable is also the story of an everyday heroine.
What is it about ?
Educator, Elsa is responsible for the assessment of unaccompanied foreign minors. She devotes all her energy to softening their exile to the detriment of her personal and family life. When Bijan, a 12-year-old Afghan boy, arrives at the center then imposes himself in his apartment, Elsa cracks… In the chaos of their lives, their meeting will be like a rebirth.
Vulnerable, directed by Arnaud Sélignac and written by Alissa Wenz, Johanne Rigoulot, and Nathalie Saugeon.
With Léa Drucker, Romane Bohringer, Thierry Godard, Noom Diawara, Ilyès Lihiouel, …
Wednesday April 7 at 9:05 p.m. on France 2
Well worth a look ?
Césarisé with Until the Guard, powerful drama of Xavier Legrand on domestic violence, the actress Léa Drucker testifies, once again, with Vulnerable, of a will to carry fictions with a strong and committed subject. The telefilm directed by Arnaud Sélignac is indeed in this line: through fiction, to show stories on social subjects, and about which still exist a lack of knowledge and a priori.
The main appeal of Vulnerable lies in its cast, and therefore the strength of its subject. Léa Drucker, surrounded in particular by Romane Bohringer, Thierry Godard, Noom Diawara and the young Ilyès Lihiouel, is very fair, and brings her power to the story. The scenario allows to better understand the ordeals through which foreign minors, and their educators, can pass, with some touching scenes.
Undoubtedly to give a more general public dimension to the scenario, the plot of Vulnerable also shows the personal life of his heroine: his romantic setbacks, the complicated relationship with his son … If that gives depth to the character and allows to stick to it, we may regret that this diverts the TV movie from the real starting point and lacks a little originality in these aspects of the plot.
If the ordeals that Léa Drucker is going through will resonate with viewers, we can find it unfortunate that this is a little too agreed or predictable. Vulnerable would have gained in originality and had more impact in its societal approach by remaining more focused on the intrigue surrounding Bijan.