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Léa Seydoux brilliantly holds the center of Bruno Dumont’s unexpected, unsettling new film, which starts out as a satire of the contemporary news media before steadily spiraling out into something richer and darker. Never one to shy away from provoking his viewers, Dumont (The Life of Jesus, NYFF35) casts Seydoux as France de Meurs, a seemingly unflappable superstar TV journalist whose career, homelife, and psychological stability are shaken after she carelessly drives into a young delivery man on a busy Paris street. This accident triggers a series of self-reckonings, as well as a strange romance that proves impossible to shake. A film that teases at redemption while refusing to grant absolution, France is tragicomic and deliciously ambivalent—a very 21st-century treatment of the difficulty of maintaining identity in a corrosive culture.

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Credits

DIRECTOR
Bruno Dumont

PRODUCER
3B Productions

CAST
Léa Seydoux
Blanche Gardin
Benjamin Biolay
Emanuele Arioli

Overview

DETAILS
Drama, Dark Comedy
French
133 min.
France, 2021

DISTRIBUTOR
Kino Lorber

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