La France (image 1)

A heady experiment full of soul... This is something new, not to be missed.

Nathan Lee, Village Voice

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

La France 2007

Directed by Serge Bozon

Winner of France's Jean Vigo Award for the year's most remarkable debut, La France mixes genres – period romance, war movie and pop album – to confoundingly pleasurable effect.

France In French with English subtitles
102 minutes 35mm

Director

Screenplay

Axelle Ropert

Photography

Céline Bozon

Editor

François Quiqueré

Music

Medhi Zannad
,
Benjamin Esdraffo
,
Serge Bozon

With

Sylvie Testud
,
Pascal Greggory
,
Guillaume Verdier
,
François Negret
,
Laurent Talon
,
Pierre Léon
,
Benjamin Esdraffo
,
Didier Brice
,
Guillaume Depardieu

Festivals

Cannes (Directors' Fortnight), Vancouver 2007; Rotterdam 2008

Elsewhere

Winner of France's Jean Vigo Award for the year's most remarkable debut, the elegantly assured La France mixes genres - period romance, war movie and pop album - to confoundingly pleasurable effect. As WWI rages, Camille (Sylvie Testud) receives a letter from her husband at the front, telling her that she will never see him again. Determined to prove him wrong, she sets off, disguised as a boy, to find him. She falls in with a lost regiment she meets in a forest, and their strange, detached war-weary world becomes the landscape of her romantic quest. In the film's most amazing invention, the action pauses while the men gather to sing their hearts out - to tunes that might have been written 45 years later. — BG. "Sublime... a holy union of war movie and love story, consecrated in the chapel of pop." — Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Bay Guardian.