This Is Our Land, the English title of this French film, is also the slogan of the fictitious populist party RNP, based on the Front National. Pauline Duhez is a district nurse and single mother who has been visiting her patients for years. She also cares for her sick father, a former trade unionist and still a communist. One day, the doctor she has been working with for years asks her to be a candidate for the RNP.
This Is Our Land shows the voices and sentiments hidden by the flag of populism and that thinking in terms of enemies is becoming increasingly commonplace in France. For old fascists, the party’s respectable appearance is only a change in strategy; the aim is still a white fatherland. Other inhabitants of the old mining area around Calais have seen the world change too rapidly and feel neglected by the state. But despite the respectable suits and smiles, violence is never far away.
Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.