France

  • 128'
  • France
  • 2021

She’s literally called France, the newsreader (played by Léa Seydoux) for France’s most important news programme. France de Meurs doesn’t shy away from ‘re-enacting’ even the most sensitive stories. French director Bruno Dumont is clearly taking aim at the national media and political establishment in France, which often sing from the same hymn sheet. The opening scene even has a witty cameo for French President Emmanuel Macron.

This biting parody reflects on what authenticity is worth in this post-modern world. It is only after France is involved in a car accident, that she realises that her deeds do have serious consequences. Her bubble finally starts to burst. Dumont plays with the relationship between entertainment and reality, to such an extent that the whole film almost feels like a façade. He turns the whole of France into a hall of mirrors, distorting and exaggerating the ugliest aspects of the country.

Director
Bruno Dumont
Country of production
France
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
128'
Medium
DCP
Language
French
Producers
Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Muriel Merlin
Production Company
3B Productions
Sales
Indie Sales
Screenplay
Bruno Dumont
Cinematography
David Chambille
Editor
Nicolas Bier
Production Design
Markus Dicklhuber
Sound Design
Philippe Lecoeur
Music
Christophe
Cast
Léa Seydoux, Blanche Gardin, Benjamin Biolay, Emanuele Arioli, Juliane Köhler, Gaëtan Amiel, Jawad Zemmar
Local Distributor
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment (NL)