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Rebellion (2011)

L'ordre et la morale (original title)
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Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Legorjus
Iabe Lapacas ...
Alphonse Dianou
JP Perrot
Alexandre Steiger ...
Jean Bianconi
Daniel Martin ...
Christian Prouteau
Chantal Legorjus
Steeve Une ...
Philippe de Jacquelin Dulphé ...
Général de brigade Vidal
Patrick Fierry ...
Colonel de l'armée Dubut
Général de Gendarmerie Jérôme
Stefan Godin ...
Lieutenant Colonel de Gendarmerie Benson (as Stéfan Godin)
François 'Kötrepi' Neudjen ...
Nine Wea
Macki Wea ...
Djubelly Wea
Alphonse Djoupa ...
Hilaire Dianou


April 1988, Ouvea island, New Caledonia. 30 policemen held hostage by a group of Kanak separatists. 300 soldiers sent from France to restore order. 2 men face to face: Philippe Legorjus, captain of the GIGN and Alphonse Dianou, head of the hostage takers. Through shared values, they will try to win the dialogue. But in the midst of a presidential election, when the stakes are political, order is not always dictated by morality. Written by Anonymous

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16 November 2011 (France)  »

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Rebellion  »

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2.35 : 1
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Musique de Michel Legrand
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Enjoyable, but biased and flawed
5 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Rebellion' is an account of events in the French South Pacific territory of New Caledonia. In 1988 a group of indigenous New Caledonians storm a police station in the territory, killing some police officers and taking still more hostage. Events quickly become caught up with the Mitterand v Chirac presidential election and the Parisian police sent to New Caledonia to deal with the situation find the army have taken over the operation - and the military's methods of tying village chiefs to trees and beating up women are turning the local population even more against the French.

The military are portrayed as gun-totin' buffoons without a shred of humanity and the politicians as self-serving vote-seeking machines. On the other hand, the police are self-sacrificing good guys and the terrorists family-loving, intelligent, reasonable chaps just one step below sainthood. This is not an unbiased film! It is also difficult for those not versed in French politics of the late 1980s to follow everything, not least because the English-language sub-titles use acronyms instead of the full, descriptive names of various organisations. The close, hand-held camera-work used during the forest battle scenes gives a good feel of how it must be in those confusing, noisy situations - but also makes it difficult for the viewer to follow events. Overall I enjoyed the novelty of a film set in the modern(ish) South Pacific, but this is far from unflawed.

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