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L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion)

L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) (2011)


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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



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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.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

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

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source:

It is clearly well-researched but not made with La Haine's flair.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

harrowing and gripping account of a horrifying true story.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Rebellion contains impressive cinematography and strong dialogue, and Mathieu Kassovitz shines as its director and star.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Kassovitz deftly negotiates the complexity of what happened but his sympathies clearly lie with the islanders in a politically-charged tale with an approach similar to the work of Costa-Gavras.

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

It gets bogged down in detail at times, but there's no mistaking its sense of injustice.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It's an absorbing political drama, eloquent and angry.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

At a compassion-sapping 136 minutes, it's far too long, and Kassovitz's characterless central turn makes a worthy personal statement veer close to vanity project.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Rebellion walks the line between earnestness and self-righteousness, and in doing so unseats The Hurt Locker as the most affecting war drama of the century so far.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

As a director, [Kassovitz] throws some great moves -- a sequence where a gendarme explains how the station was invaded is a kind of 360-degree whirl of memories brought back to life.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Kassovitz's examination of the compromises our leaders embrace to further their own slanted view of democracy is both vibrantly intelligent and entertaining.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source:

There are few French films about France's role in her colonies, almost none set in this part of the world. This one makes some trenchant claims, in a powerfully direct story.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The dialogue tends to be declamatory on occasions, the characters are either black or white, no pun intended, and it's all a little bit earnest and overlong. But nevertheless, this is history at its most fascinating.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Tense, impressively shot and free of any showy heroics, this is an incisive and affecting look at the way war and politics tragically intersect.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Superbly made in every respect, Rebellion is both a tragic indictment of the French politicians and the army command at the time, as well as a carefully researched document

April 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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