Catherine Corsini directs an electrically charged satirical portrait of France’s contemporary social divisions, set in a hospital emergency room under siege.
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marina Foïs, Pio Marmaï
France 2021. 98min
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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