France

Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Dazzling. A fantastically pleasurable cinematic delight… bolstered by one helluva committed Léa Seydoux performance.

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France

Léa Seydoux brilliantly holds the center of Bruno Dumont’s unexpected, unsettling new film, which starts out as a satire of the contemporary news media before steadily spiraling out into something richer and darker. Never one to shy away from provoking his viewers, Dumont (The Life of Jesus, NYFF35) casts Seydoux as France de Meurs, a seemingly unflappable superstar TV journalist whose career, home life, and psychological stability are shaken after she carelessly drives into a young delivery man on a busy Paris street. This accident triggers a series of reckonings, as well as a strange romance that proves impossible to shake. A film that teases at redemption while refusing to grant absolution, France is tragicomic and deliciously ambivalent—a very 21st century treatment of the difficulty of maintaining identity in a corrosive culture.

“Dumont delivers wild twists at a hectic pace, creating a kaleidoscopic frenzy of unreality and turning the daily life of a celebrity into a hallucinatory, media-saturated distortion.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"A star vehicle for Léa Seydoux, whose acting is these days hitting a new level of richness." – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
Not Rated
Genre
Comedy, Drama, French Cinema, Dark comedy, Women and Film
Runtime
133
Language
French
Director
Bruno Dumont
Writer(s)
Bruno Dumont
Cast
Léa Seydoux, Blanche Gardin, Benjamin Biolay
Awards:
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival

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