The Great Man


The Great Man

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Hamilton (Jérémie Rénier) and Markov (Surho Sugaipov) are about to finish five years of service in the Foreign Legion. During their six-month posting in Afghanistan, they wind up amidst a crossfire while out on an impromptu and unauthorized leopard hunt. After Hamilton is shot and nearly killed, Markov risks his own life to save him at the expense of his own dreams of gaining French citizenship. Later, Hamilton is reunited with Markov in Paris. Whilst Hamilton remains in the Foreign Legion, Markov ekes out a meager existence as an illegal immigrant, trying to provide for his young son Khadji. When Markov is killed in an accident, Hamilton is now served by conscience to look after the kid of the man who saved his life. C) DistriB

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Critic Reviews for The Great Man

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (2)

  • The characters are nicely written and performed and writer-director Sarah Leonor demonstrates an assured, literary sense of time passing. Yet the film is constricted by its narrow tonal range; everything unfolds in the same blandly naturalistic register.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It takes a woman to make a great film about the all-male bastion of the French Foreign Legion.

    Sep 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Swells of emotion seep in like low-rolling fog and suddenly you are watching a drama about real people wrestling with life blow by blow.

    Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This often incisive look at modern identity confusion and redefinition loses its dramatic momentum long before its finale.

    Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Great Man is enjoyable in part because its characters are well-defined without obviously taking the story in one direction or another.

    Feb 23, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • It exploits the military aesthetics that lend themselves so well to breath-taking sounds and visuals without fetishizing them as in Claire Denis's Beau Travail.

    Mar 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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