France with Léa Seydoux: Bruno Dumont’s acerbic look at continuous news

Presented in official competition at the 74th Cannes Film Festival and in theaters from August 25, Bruno Dumont’s “France” transforms Léa Seydoux into the formidable PAF queen.

France with léa seydoux: bruno dumont's acerbic look at continuous news
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?

“France” is both the portrait of a woman, a television journalist, of a country, ours, and of a system, that of the media.

France, written and directed by Bruno Dumont.

JOURNALISM, SOCIAL SATIRE AND SELF-WORSHIP

Who is France de Meurs? War reporter or glamor icon? In his new feature film, Bruno Dumont paints an acid portrait of a star journalist who is a little too concerned about her image. Even more, he takes a satirical and cruel look at the world of continuous information. Presented in official competition at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, France had left no one indifferent. Whether it seduces or irritates, the film never goes by half measures and does not hesitate to push the limits of political correctness.

On screen, Léa Seydoux embodies the one everyone is tearing off. Expected and acclaimed like a rock star wherever she goes, she only knows how to do one thing: stage herself, as during a report with migrants or during a press conference with the President of the Republic. . Her daily life suddenly changes when she runs over a young courier with his car. From then on, the journalist will question her career and her reputation.

France with léa seydoux: bruno dumont's acerbic look at continuous news

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Fascinating, Léa Seydoux plays a journalist ready to do anything to exist in “France”.

The film is not a breviary, nor a lesson in morality like the good thinkers who make art like priests., emphasizes Bruno Dumont in an interview with ARP Sélection. Hay of pure consciences! France is only the present, the moment we see it. It is the spectator who is the aim.”Funny and creaky, the feature film owes a lot to its lead actress, Léa Seydoux, who excels in her role. “No repetition, a few takes are enough to make the queen, explains the filmmaker about it. His sense of humor and his natural humor will have enriched France, struck with a great blow by his bonhomie. ”

Around her, Blanche Gardin embodies the perfect shot of an assistant as undrinkable and grotesque as the heroine, while Benjamin Biolay plays, for his part, a husband relegated to the background. France marks one of the last projects of the artist Christophe, who signs a grandiloquent soundtrack. The musician, who died in 2020, had already orchestrated the soundtrack of Jeanne, previous film by Bruno Dumont.

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