This Is Our Land (Chez nous) (2018)

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Marine Le Pen was defeated in the French election that brought Emmanuel Macron to power, but her far right-wing party, with its nationalist, anti-immigrant platform, lives on to feed the fear and resentment that begot Donald Trump's election. THIS IS OUR LAND is a fictionalized story of an attractive working-class single mother in the North of France who naively agrees to run for mayor, representing the Patriotic Bloc. Lucas Belvaux, who previously directed RAPT, a terrific thriller about a French politician's kidnapping, deals with another type of kidnapping here: With the help of a charming André Dussollier as the town's esteemed physician, the Populists' rhetoric seizes control of the minds of the electorate. With Catherine Jacob as the blonde-bobbed leader who never met an angry crowd she couldn't make angrier.

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Cast

Émilie Dequenne
as Pauline Duhez
André Dussollier
as Philippe Berthier
Guillaume Gouix
as Stéphane Stankowiak
Catherine Jacob
as Agnès Dorgelle
Anne Marivin
as Nathalie
Charlotte Talpaert
as Nada Belisha
Stéphane Caillard
as Victoire Vasseur
Cyril Descours
as Jean-Baptiste Verhaeghe
Michel Ferracci
as Dominique Orsini
Julien Roy
as Bernard Tovi
Bernard Mazzinghi
as Alexandre de Mareuil
Gérard Dubouche
as François Marcillac
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

If current American movie audiences showed more of an appetite for this kind of reflective political drama, a stateside remake of this engrossing, disturbingly credible film would seem like a natural.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

We are left to rue "This Is Our Land" as an opportunity missed, and to wonder how else the tale could have been told.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

This Is Our Land may occasionally try to do too much, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want someone to make an American version of this film and blast it into every multiplex in the country.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The drama is well-paced, and all of the actors are wonderful.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Belvaux has made a gutsy, discomfiting movie about going along to get along, and just how dangerous that impulse can ultimately be.

Apr 17, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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While too baldly calculated and on-message to rank with Belvaux's best, "Our Land" will see perhaps the strongest returns of his career given the topicality.

Feb 3, 2017 | Full Review…
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