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.
Sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should.
An intelligent political drama, part thriller, part war movie, and informed by something of the anger against established authority that fuelled La Haine.
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.
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.
Rebellion contains impressive cinematography and strong dialogue, and Mathieu Kassovitz shines as its director and star.
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.
It gets bogged down in detail at times, but there's no mistaking its sense of injustice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kassovitz's examination of the compromises our leaders embrace to further their own slanted view of democracy is both vibrantly intelligent and entertaining.
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.
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.
Tense, impressively shot and free of any showy heroics, this is an incisive and affecting look at the way war and politics tragically intersect.
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