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Redefining Rebellion


Audiard’s Palme d’or-winner is a genre-busting ‘western’ that explodes French universalism.

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France 2015
Dir Jacques Audiard
With Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Jacques Audiard’s Palme d'or-winner tells of a makeshift family of Tamil refugees escaping Civil War only to end up in a virulently xenophobic France. Recounted with the story beats of a Western, but turning the genre on its head, it’s a pulsating, unconventional look at the banlieue. Making potent use of non-professional Tamil actors, it casts a damning eye on French universalism and colonial hangover.

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