France

Directed by Bruno Dumont

Year: 2021
Running Time: 133
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Belgium
Language: French with English subtitles
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France

Cast
Léa Seydoux
Blanche Gardin

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Directed by Bruno Dumont
Writer Bruno Dumont


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, homelife, 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 self-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.

This film opens December 10 in theaters and virtual cinemas.

Reviews

"A star vehicle for Léa Seydoux, whose acting is these days hitting a new level of richness."



Awards

  • Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival

  • Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival

  • Official Selection: New York Film Festival

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