L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) (2008)



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A man struggles to defuse an explosive situation with tragic results in this drama based on actual events. In 1988, France was wracked with political division as Francois Mitterand and Jacques Chirac were campaigning for the presidency, with the incumbent Mitterand representing the political left and Chirac speaking for the right. After a band of Kanak separatists under the leadership of Alphonse Dianou (Iabe Lapacas) seize a police station on Ouvea Island, part of the French colony of New Caledonia, twenty-six officers are taken hostage and three are killed. Mitterand assigns counter-terrorism expert Capt. Philippe Legorjus (Mathieu Kassovitz) to deal with the situation, but while Legorjus and his associates attempt to negotiate for the freedom on the policemen, Chirac makes headlines by demanding that military force be used to take back the hostages. As Legorjus slowly begins to gain the trust of Dianou and a peaceful solution seems likely, public opinion in France sways to Chirac's favor and Mitterand is forced to consider more aggressive options. L'Ordre et la Morale (aka Rebellion) was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, who also played Legorjus and helped adapt the screenplay from the Captain's memoirs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Mathieu Kassovitz
as Capitaine du GIGN Philippe Legorjus
Malik Zidi
as JP Perrot
Alexandre Steiger
as Jean Bianconi
Sylvie Testud
as Chantal Legorjus
Philippe Torreton
as Christian Prouteau
Iabe Lapacas
as Alphonse Dianou
Xavier Jozelon
as Vincent Moulié
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Critic Reviews for L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

The movie doesn't delve too deeply into the mentality of Legorjus or indeed anyone else, but it's a tense, involving tale of France's forgotten imperial trauma.

Apr 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's superbly structured and consistently suspenseful, offering keen insight into a conflict most of us won't even be aware of. Welcome back, Mathieu.

Apr 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An intelligent and slow-burning production, devised in such a way that the audience doesn't really take a side.

Feb 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should.

Aug 27, 2013 | Full Review…

An intelligent political drama, part thriller, part war movie, and informed by something of the anger against established authority that fuelled La Haine.

Apr 21, 2013 | Full Review…

French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) takes on a major event in his nation's colonial history with this true action-adventure set on the lush South Pacific island of New Caledonia.

Apr 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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