REVIEW / FILM OPINION – While waiting for the Arte / Netflix collaboration on the same subject, the director Audrey Estrougo offers her biopic on NTM with “Suprêmes”. A far from unpleasant attempt that still lacks personality.
The birth of a myth
At the end of the 80s, rap was not a musical trend established in France. The hip-hop movement is still in an embryonic state. The arrival of Supreme NTM looks like a bomb. No one expected such a sound explosion. It was to become a real social phenomenon. “You had never heard of French rap“said Youssoupha in the 2000s, with a hint of an ego-trip. line which would have made more sense if it had been let loose by JoeyStarr or Kool Shen during their insane rise.
Audrey Estrougo tells precisely, in Supreme, the beginnings of the group from Seine-Saint-Denis. The scenario only spans a few years and ends at the time of first concert at the Zénith in 1992. A delineation that immerses us behind the scenes of the first steps of this juggernaut of the French rap scene.
A biopic that refuses to take the slightest risk
The biopic exercise always involves a dangerous risk of falling into descriptive cinema. Supreme no exception. His school approach destroys the opportunity to tell something bigger through cinema. Connoisseurs of the subject will follow the course of the film without learning much. Nor by finding singularity in the gaze on NTM. Audrey Estrougo puts her heart to work to hatch some effective moments of agitation, especially when she follows her two actors rapping. Energy, Supreme is not lacking and reflects relatively well the spirit that animated the two pillars. With the hitches, the awareness of the incredible opportunity, the demands of professionalism and access to success.
For a total neophyte in the matter, the foray into the hip-hop of the first part of the 90s will certainly have a more pronounced interest. It is to them that the feature film should be advised. The others will be struck by the echoes with the news when the police violence is mentioned, giving the impression that certain things have still not changed in France. The film rarely makes anything of interest but a very short scene with JoeyStarr who crosses his neighborhood casually witnessing acts of violence suddenly reveals what Audrey Estrougo could have deployed if she had wanted to bring a sharper look at her base material.
Two convincing actors for Supreme
The whole lacks flavor, not going beyond the stage of biopic calibrated. However, the feature film does not lack rhythm (the opposite would have been a shame for a film on rap) and we must salute the two excellent main actors. Beyond the physical resemblance that works, Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine manage to find in their game what is the essence of the myths they interpret. A lot of work has been done on this side and we believe in it all the time. The first transcribes the calm of one, the second the bestiality of the other. Something happens when they cue each other or collide on stage. It is on their shoulders that part of the interest of Supreme, biopic without faults of taste to deplore but far too smooth to mark the genre.
Supreme by Audrey Estrougo, in theaters on November 24, 2021. Above the trailer. Find all our trailers here.