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A Violent Life (2017)

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Thierry de Peretti's second feature - which premiered as a special screening in Cannes Critics Week- focuses on the violent nationalist struggle that wracked his native island, Corsica throughout the 1990s. In this climate, Stéphane goes to Paris, fleeing from his past in those conflicts. The death of a former comrade brings back memories of how in the '90s he went from being a middle class youth with aspirations to becoming radicalized and turning his life into a constant persecution. He has to decide whether to go to the funeral or not, a dilemma that could cost him his life Between Gomorra and The Godfather, A VIOLENT LIFE is a chilling portrait of a young man's rise and fall- caught between militant groups wars, resulting in dozens of deaths and a major police crackdown and set in the very unique social and cultural climate of Corsica - a land that has one foot stuck in Italy, another in France, and a heart deeply embedded in its own folkloric history.

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There's so much going on in A Violent Life that it's difficult to follow the who's, what's and why's of the plot, while de Peretti seems to know his material so well that he's unable make it clear for the rest of us.

April 3, 2018 | Full Review…

DP Claire Mathon's lensing keeps pace with the action without overdoing the handheld dynamic, giving the film a compelling physical vitality that happens to be one of [Thierry] de Peretti's key strengths.

April 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The complexity of A Violent Life will be difficult for many viewers, but this true-to-life moral intricacy is also what makes it such a valuable portrait of Corsica.

October 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A Violent Life has conjured up a judiciously shot drama that nonetheless feels as distant and at arm's length as the island and the generation it portrays.

April 3, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The violence plays like frontier justice but what constitutes the frontier keeps evolving.

April 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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