In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer abruptly chucks his job, breaks things off with his wife, and holes up in his room. Soon, fate draws him and a young French maid together.
Clara is happily married to a promising lawyer and lives in Paris. After the sudden death of her mother, Clara has to assume responsibility for her younger sister Lily, whose extreme sensitivity makes her vulnerable.
Sometimes being an expatriated french living in an Anglo world for more than 10 years, can be an advantage in finding awesome french movies. No expectations or exposure to critics. stumbled upon it on this famous video streaming social network and just kept watching it because it was captivating... In France this would pass almost unnoticed due to the sheer number of motion pictures released considering that it is a TV production.
Now a 'telefilm', might not have the same ambitions and budget than the big productions, but it still can be a very good movie and even a masterpiece. I am not an expert in cinema, however I have found "Fracture" to be an entertaining experience. The themes that it covers are nothing new for french society, suburbs, integration, violence/riots, racism, religion. Many movies since the 90's have touched those subjects, with various success. And "Fracture" does a good job of telling a story that still surprise you with some good acting from mostly unknown actors. The kids all do a good job (not always a fan of the performance of kids) as do the main actors Anaïs Demoustier and Samy Seghir. The script is carefully written and I like the progression of the storytelling. Nothing amazing with the camera work and general photography, not that you would expect so from such movies, but all my credits go to the director and production team for being able to still deliver. Last, I read on this website, after viewing the entire film that, it was made by an anti-racism government organism in France. And I believe the intention is that it should makes you think and it surely does that. At least to me :) Then again my personal impressions may be different than yours. If you read this I believe you either are french/francophone or learning/practicing french as I do not believe there would be subtitles. Maybe I am wrong. But if I am not it would be a good job for SBS, a public channel here in Australia, or Arte in Europe.
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