• Director-Screenwriter

    Catherine Corsini

  • Producer

    Elisabeth Chaz

  • With

    Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marina Foïs, Pio Marmaï

  • France 2021. 98min

  • Sales

    Kinology

  • Language

    French

    With English subtitles

The ‘fracture’ in the French title of this political comedy-drama refers both to an elbow injury, and to divisions in contemporary French society. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi plays Raphaëlle, a woman whose long-standing relationship with partner Julie (Marina Foïs) seems on the verge of ending Then she finds herself awaiting treatment in a Paris hospital – while confrontations between police and Gilets Jaunes demonstrators hit crisis levels outside. As tensions mount, not least between Raphaëlle and truck driver Yann (Pio Marmaï), hospital staff hold things together, notably nurse Kim (newcomer Aissatou Diallo Sagna, a medical worker in real life). Writer-director Corsini – who reinvented the French family saga with 2018’s An Impossible Love – shifts into very different mode in this hyper-energetic diagnosis of the state of her nation.

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