Wednesday, April 5, 2023

French Movie Mercredi: France (2021)


France (2021). Directed by Bruno Dumont. Starring Léa Seydoux and Benjamin Biolay.

France is a hot mess.

It's billed as a satire about celebrity and the media, and stars one of the biggest stars in France (the country), Léa Seydoux, as France de Meurs, a celebrity journalist who begins to question her life after hitting a young man on a bike with her car. She has a husband, Fred, and a best work friend and assistant, Lou, who is half accomplice and half enabler. France leaves the limelight but she doesn't stay out for long and when she comes back it's an open question whether or not it will be business as usual.

The movie runs a little over two hours and it's entertaining and will keep you watching. I didn't love it but it was fun. It has some pretty crazy sequences, which I will leave you to discover. It's definitely not a movie to take too seriously. There is no real sexual content but there is one pretty shockingly violent scene towards the end.

I'm a big fan of Seydoux and will happily watch anything she's in. She's very appealing always, she has a terrific energy and always seems like she's a little smarter than the character she's playing. I'm glad I picked this one out for my Sunday night.

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