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This is Our Land

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Emilie Dequenne plays a young woman lured into standing as candidate for the French far right in this provocative political drama from director Lucas Belvaux.

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Dir Lucas Belvaux
Prod David Frenkel, Patrick Quinet
Scr Lucas Belvaux, Jérôme Leroy
With Émilie Dequenne, André Dussollier, Guillaume Gouix
France
2017
118min
Sales Le Pacte

Director Lucas Belvaux offers a cautionary picture of contemporary French politics, in a drama about the far right’s strategies of seduction. Controversially premiered in France before the recent presidential elections, this canny political piece from director Lucas Belvaux (Trilogy, Rapt) presented a timely warning about the advance of the French far right. Émilie Dequenne is superb as Pauline, a nurse in a French northern town who is approached to stand as a candidate for the RNP party headed by Agnès Dorgelle (Catherine Jacob) – a thinly-disguised version of Front National leader Marine Le Pen. Compassionate, tolerant Pauline considers herself a left-winger – but even she finds herself lured in by the PR strategies of a party cleverly whitewashing its extremity through appeal to the ‘good sense’ of everyday people. This taut realist drama offers a canny analysis of the contradictions of contemporary political rhetoric – and not just in France.

Jonathan Romney

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