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THIS IS OUR LAND

2:00   4:30   7:00   9:30

Wednesday, April 18 - Tuesday, May 1

DIRECTED BY LUCAS BELVAUX

Marine Le Pen was defeated in the French election that brought Emmanuel Macron to power, but her far right-wing party, with its nationalist, anti-immigrant platform, lives on to feed the fear and resentment that begot Donald Trump’s election. THIS IS OUR LAND is a fictionalized story of an attractive working-class single mother in the North of France who naively agrees to run for mayor, representing the Patriotic Bloc. Lucas Belvaux, who previously directed RAPT, a terrific thriller about a French politician’s kidnapping, deals with another type of kidnapping here: With the help of a charming André Dussollier as the town’s esteemed physician, the Populists’ rhetoric seizes control of the minds of the electorate. With Catherine Jacob as the blonde-bobbed leader who never met an angry crowd she couldn’t make angrier.

FRANCE / BELGIUM • 2017 • 117 MINS.  • IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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Reviews

“A thinly veiled assault on France’s far-right National Front. Candidates and volunteers are briefed on how to subtly play upon the prejudices and fears of potential supporters. These sequences carry a plausible tang of authenticity, while the gradual process by which the ‘apolitical’ Pauline.. is drawn into the (the party’s) web also feels convincingly organic.”
–  Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“(The filmmaker’s) theme is the cinematic equivalent of all those articles trying to understand the disgruntled white voters who supported Trump. The parallels between France and the U.S. won’t be lost on anyone, as the combination of shallow thinking with latent bigotry are hallmarks of populist voters in both nations.”
– Jay Weissberg, Variety