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Review: ‘This is Our Land’ is an Engaging Contemporary Political Thriller

While its execution feels as sophisticated as a bumper sticker slogan, director Lucas Belvaux’s This is Our Land, based on Jérôme Leroy’s book Le Bloc, functions nicely as a contemporary political thriller, respecting its audience’s intelligence enough to avoid an overly sensationalized narrative. It’s a timely story of Pauline (Émilie Dequenne), a nurse used as a pawn in a mayoral election by a controversial politician, played by Catherine Jacob, puppeteering the young woman’s rise to power. Famously, the president of France’s National Front Marine La Pen inspired Jacob’s character. As Pauline transitions into the limelight, even dying her hair blonde to better fit with the party’s brand, she finds her friends, family and patients deeply divided on her newfound political aspirations. While the script could use some touching up, Belvaux’s reserved visual style and strict commitment to tone renders This is
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Film Review: ‘This Is Our Land’

Film Review: ‘This Is Our Land’
The rise of nationalist groups and xenophobia is once again a global issue, lending “This Is Our Land” a relevance well beyond the specific French political trends it fictionalizes. It also lends appeal to audiences beyond the European ones catered to in territorial releases earlier this year, before the recent high-profile French elections. The latter saw Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party take some losses that reassured many observers. But that outcome wasn’t guaranteed when Belgian writer-director Lucas Belvaux crafted his drama, which is loosely based on a novel by co-scenarist Jerome Leroy.

Here, a figure very much like Le Pen leads a supposedly kinder-gentler 2.0 version of the extremist bloc her father founded, its populist makeover encompassing the drafting of a hitherto apolitical working-class nurse as a local puppet candidate. Though marred by minor narrative-logic flaws, “Our Land” provides an insightful, non-hyperbolic perspective on Western extremism by
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Juliette Binoche and Her Daughter Get Pregnant in Trailer for French Comedy ‘Baby Bump(s)’

When she’s not working with the greatest auteurs in world cinema, Juliette Binoche is letting loose and exercising her comedic muscles — at least, if this trailer for an upcoming French comedy is any indication. Telle mère, telle fille aka Baby Bump(s) finds the Certified Copy actress as a mother who gets pregnant at the same time as her daughter, and wackiness ensues.

Also starring Camille Cottin, Lambert Wilson, and Catherine Jacob, it comes from co-writer/director Noémie Saglio and there’s no word if we’ll even see it pop up in the United States. Set for a release in France at the end of this month, it’s entertaining enough to see Binoche enjoying herself in this comedic playing field. Check out the trailer below and although there are no hardcoded subtitles, you can get a translation by clicking “Cc” then in settings, choosing the language of your choice.
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Rotterdam Film Review: ‘This Is Our Land’

Rotterdam Film Review: ‘This Is Our Land’
Controversy is already building for “This Is Our Land,” Lucas Belvaux’s fictionalized story of a well-intentioned working-class single-mom in northern France who’s won over to the far right by a charismatic blonde leader and her henchmen. It just so happens that the blonde leader looks and acts an awful lot like Marine Le Pen, a politician not exactly known for her thick skin. Heated debate will only increase following the pic’s late February French opening. The film is a shoo-in for Stateside distribution, since Belvaux’s theme is the cinematic equivalent of all those articles trying to understand the disgruntled white voters who supported Trump. While too baldly calculated and on-message to rank with Belvaux’s best, “Our Land” will see perhaps the strongest returns of his career given the topicality.

Pauline (Émilie Dequenne) is the poster girl (literally in this case) for the hard-working, “average” resident
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Release of 'This Is Our Land' to go ahead despite Front National protests

Politics drama that upset France’s Front National party to market premiere at Rendez-vous with French cinema.

The French release of Lucas Belvaux’s populist politics drama This Is Our Land (Chez Nous) will go ahead as planned in February and without cuts in the face of fierce criticism from France’s far-right Front National (Fn) party, distributor Jean Labadie of Paris-based Le Pacte has vowed.

The Belgian director’s film has been in the eye of a political storm this week following the release of the first trailer on Dec 30, ahead of its scheduled Feb 22 release.

Le Pacte’s international sales team will hold buyers-only screening at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris next week. It will get its festival world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam at the end of this month.

“The film will be released in February as planned and in its current form. There will be
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Thinly disguised Marine Le Pen movie character arouses fury of Front National

Party vice-president condemns film about the far right as ‘scandalous’ and ‘unacceptable’ ahead of French presidential election

A film about the rise of far-right populism has triggered outrage in France after its trailer appeared to showcase a character based on Marine Le Pen, the president of the Front National and a candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election.

Chez Nous (Aka This Is Our Land) stars Émilie Duquenne as a nurse who becomes a political success in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region after becoming involved with the Patriotic Bloc, a thinly disguised fictional version of the Front National. It is due for release in France on 22 February, two months before the first round of voting, and the trailer briefly features a character apparently modelled on Le Pen, played by veteran performer Catherine Jacob.

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TF1 Intl. Scoops ‘Bonne Pomme’ With Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve (Exclusive)

TF1 Intl. Scoops ‘Bonne Pomme’ With Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve  (Exclusive)
Paris — TF1 International has boarded “Bonne Pomme,” a comedy reuniting French cinema legends Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.

Bonne Pomme” is written and directed by Florence Quentin, who notably co-wrote the screenplay of three cult French comedies directed by Étienne Chatiliez: “Tatie Danielle,” “Life Is a Long Quiet River” and “Happiness Is in the Field.”

Now shooting in Flagy, a small village near Paris, “Bonne Pomme,” will be distributed in France by Arp Selection, while TF1 International is handling worldwide sales.

The film is being produced by Dominique Besnehard et Michel Feller’s Paris-based outfit Mon Voisin Productions and Christine Gozlan’s Thelma Film.

Depardieu stars as Gerard, an affable mechanic who is fed up of his mediocre life and his cheating girlfriend, and decides to quit everything on a whim. Gerard moves to a remote village, but his plans to live a tranquil life are turned upside down
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La Pacte Boards Lucas Belvaux’s Political Drama ‘This Is Our Land’ (Exclusive)

La Pacte Boards Lucas Belvaux’s Political Drama ‘This Is Our Land’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based Le Pacte, which has four movies competing at Cannes, has boarded Lucas Belvaux’s “This Is Our Land (Chez nous),” a drama starring Emilie Dequenne as a small-town liberal nurse who ends up becoming the leader of a fictional far-right party in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining basin. Written by Belvaux and Jérôme Leroy, “Chez nous” is produced by David Frenkel at French outfit Synecdoche and Patrick Quinet at Belgian shingle Artémis Prods.

Dequenne (“Our Children”) stars opposite French stars Andre Dussollier (“Diplomacy”), Guillaume Gouix (“The Returned”) and Catherine Jacob.

Frenkel, who previously produced Claude Lanzmann’s “The Last of the Unjust,” said the film was eminently political and social as it will shed light on the inner workings of a far right party that tries to polish its image and rhetoric in order to broaden its base.

Belvaux (“The Law of the Weakest,” “38 Witnesses”) said “This Is Our Land” will
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DVD Review - Livid (2011)

Livid (French: Livide), 2011.

Written and Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury.

Starring Chloé Coulloud, Félix Moati, Jérémy Kapone, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle and Chloé Marcq.

Synopsis:

A young care worker is employed to look after an old woman in a coma in a vast and desolate mansion and learns that the house is rumoured to have great riches hidden inside. Breaking in at night with two friends, she discovers a much darker secret...

This may knock me down in many critics’ estimations (and hurt any chance I may have for writing for Sight & Sound Magazine), but I’ve never been the biggest fan of French cinema. I don’t know what it is, but there is a certain je ne se qua (pun intended) that turns me off from anything the country produces. And while I am still sticking to my guns, haunted house horror Livid is a very,
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French Horror Livid Due to Arrive on UK DVD and Blu-ray this August

French supernatural chiller 'Livid' ('Livide') is due to arrive into UK homes when it gets its release onto DVD and Blu-ray here on 13 August. Fresh from French filmmaking team Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury '(Inside' (Aka 'A l'interieur') comes the tale of trainee carer Lucy whom upon the knowledge that her new comatosed patient has a treasure hidden somewhere in her house discovers more unsettling supernatural events being to occur. Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Felix Moati, Chloe Coulloud, Loic Berthezene, Serge Cabon, Beatrice Dalle, Catherine Jacob, Jeremy Kapone and Chloe Marcq are all on board for the horrors that await them so make sure you pick up your copy this Summer....
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Bradford Film Festival reviews: Livid

Wetting our appetites, short film, Decapode Shock, acts as the perfect accompaniment to Bustillo and Maury's genre-defying “horror” film, Livid. From a surreal part-animated sci-fi revenge tale with a horse-riding half-man half-crab wearing a spacesuit, Livid misleadingly takes us into the more mundane world of a caregiver.

Trainee Lucie (Chloe Coulloud) is shadowing Catherine (Catherine Jacob) for ten days, accompanying her to clients' houses to help with their daily injections. After Lucie's mother committed suicide some eight months earlier, her dad is working nights and they're desperate for money. The fact her dad's new girlfriend is soon to move in just makes matters worse. When Lucie discovers there's apparently “hidden treasure” in the house of a client, she's convinced by her equally poor fisherman boyfriend to seek it out but uncovers more than she ever dreamed of.

Bustillo and Maury signpost imminent disaster before we even meet Lucie through their suitably eerie title sequence.
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French Fear Unleashed With New Livid Trailer And International Release Date

French horror 'Livid' ('Livide') will finally arrive in theatres across France next month. The flick has received a release date in France of 7 December 2011 and comes courtesy of French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury who were responsible for the brutal home invasion horror 'Inside' (Aka 'A l'interieur'). The new supernatural chiller stars Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Felix Moati, Chloe Coulloud, Loic Berthezene, Serge Cabon, Beatrice Dalle, Catherine Jacob, Jeremy Kapone and Chloe Marcq. Now why not treat yourself to some good old fashioned spookiness with the new 'Livid' trailer which you can check out below....
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Livid / Livide (2011) Movie Trailer: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Livid Trailer, Livide Trailer. Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury‘s Livid / Livide (2011) movie trailer stars Loïc Berthezene, Serge Cabon, Chloé Coulloud, Béatrice Dalle, and Catherine Jacob. Livid‘s plot synopsis: “It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the house in the hope of finding it. At night, they get into the house, which reveals itself to be increasingly peculiar. Their hunt for Mrs Jessel’s treasure leads them into a horrifying supernatural series of events that will change Lucy forever…”

After Inside / À l’intérieur (reviewed here: Inside / À l’intérieur (2007) Film Review) was released, I was really
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It's Dark and Creepy in French Spoken 'Livid' Trailer

Today we have a the theatrical trailer for Livid a French horror film that looks really creepy. The trailer is in French, once a English sub-titled trailer comes out we will be sure to post it. Livid is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady's desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house... Livid aka Livide is directed and written by Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo and stars Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Coulloud Felix, and Moati Jeremy Kapone.
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A New Movie That Happens on Halloween 'Livid'

Livid aka Livide is directed and written by Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo and stars Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Coulloud Felix, and Moati Jeremy Kapone. Dimension Films has acquired French language horror film Livid directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo from Snd (Groupe M6). The film stars Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Chloe Coulloud, and Felix Moati and marks the second collaboration with Dimension Films and duo Maury and Bustillo, who previously directed Inside. Livid first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011.
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Dimension Films Are Absolutely Livid By Acquiring New French Horror

Remember the brutal home invasion horror 'Inside' (Aka 'A l'interieur') from French duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury? If not, check it out! But for now Alex and Julien are back with new supernatural horror Livid (Aka 'Livide') and Dimension Films has acquired the flick so hopefully we'll soon be seeing this either in our local theatres or at the very least on DVD. In the meantime feast of these three new teaser posters for the movie. Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Felix Moati, Chloe Coulloud, Loic Berthezene, Serge Cabon, Beatrice Dalle, Catherine Jacob, Jeremy Kapone and Chloe Marcq all star. You can check out the plot info and trio of new one-sheets below....
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The Nightmares Begin in First Official 'Livid' One Sheet!

Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are back with more French horror, this time with Livid (review), a "living nightmare" that has been both celebrated and panned by critics. Arriving in theaters next year from Dimension Films, Livid is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady's desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house... Inside you'll find a creeptacular international one sheet that's very representational of the film's atmosphere. Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Catherine Jacob, Béatrice Dalle, Chloé Coulloud, Felix Moati, Jeremy Kapone all star. Hopefully Dimension will announce a release soon!
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Livid (Livide) | Review - Fantastic Fest 2011

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury Writers: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury Starring: Chloé Marcq, Félix Moati, Jérémy Kapone, Chloé Coulloud, Marie-Claude Pietragalla Upon entering the Fantastic Fest day seven screening of Livid, I was beginning to worry that I was becoming too desensitized to violence. Nothing thus far at Ff 2011 had revolted me as much as previous years' screenings had. Luckily, I could rely upon writer-directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury to right that wrong. The plot is extremely simple. During Anna's (Chloé Marcq) first day at work as a home healthcare provider, she tags along with an old pro, Wilson (Catherine Jacob). Their rounds take them to a scary old mansion in which Jessel (Marie-Claude Pietragalla) is rotting away in a coma. Wilson happens to mention that the old hag has a treasure hidden in the mansion, and Anna promptly passes that information along to William (Félix Moati) and Ben
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Livid – Fantastic Fest Review

Can I just say I really, really wanted to like Livid. I mean, I truly looked forward to eating this movie up, but instead, I found myself staring at my plate wondering what I had just been served. This is the second feature film from the writing/directing team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, whose first outing was 2007′s Inside. Bustillo and Maury appeared to have started with an interesting idea, but somewhere along the path of production lost their focus, perhaps distracted by their own visions, which make numerous cameos that feel more like party crashers than official invitees.

Livid begins as a story about a teenager named Lucy (Chloe Coulloud) who is training as an in-house caregiver. She travels from house to house with her trainer Mrs. Wilson (Catherine Jacob). The last house of the day is a large mansion owned by Miss Jessel (Maria-Claude Pietragalla), a
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Livid Lands at the Weinstein Companay

Dimension Films has acquired French language horror film Livid directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo from Snd (Groupe M6). The film stars Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Chlo&#233 Coulloud and F&#233lix Moati and marks the second collaboration with Dimension Films and duo Maury and Bustillo, who previously directed Inside. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC).

Livid is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady's desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house...

"We are thrilled to be back in business with Julien Maury and Alex and couldn't be more excited to help bring their frightening vision to fans everywhere," said Bob Weinstein.

"It's a pleasure to collaborate with such a great partner on the Livid adventure. Dimension is the perfect fit.", declared Lionel Uzan, Director of Acquisitions and Sales of Snd.

Livid
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