Film Review: “France” (2021)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What does it take to become famous? How to maintain fame that can be toxic at times? Should one be down to earth or behave like the planet revolves around him or her?

France de Meurs (Léa Seydoux) is an ego-centric, self-centred narcissist who happens to be a TV personality. Her show on TV is popular. She enjoys fame so much, she, even with the ISIS-fighting soldiers, cares about having the best shot of her in each frame. Her assistant, Lou, keeps checking Twitter for best comments to boost her boss’ ego. She knows no consequences of her actions and how they may impact others, until the moment when she hits a hardworking man, Baptiste, who is the only provider in his family.

From director Bruno Dumont, “France” is an excellent and mind-blowing film that opens up the door to the unsettling world of journalism. Dumont continues experimenting with film to a level when you can’t really tell if it is real or fiction. Stellar performances from the entire cast, led by the absolutely talented Léa Seydoux and always funny Blanche Gardin helps shape France’s self-confident and self-observed personality with a scarily realistic look.

Apart from everything, “France” is an exceptional character study of the title character and her evolving nature, which soon you will notice becomes more humane. As you will watch France changing, you will notice how she becomes a different person, unrecognizable and kind. But will those changes remain permanently or it is just a temporary side effect of the car accident she was involved in? Thanks to Seydoux’s bravura performance, you will never stop wondering that.

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