Rebellion (image 1)

Kassovitz’s fact-based Rebellion muscularly fulfills the duties of a war movie, a historical reckoning and a political intervention.

Rob Nelson, Variety

Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Rebellion 2011

L’ordre et la morale

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz

In his most visceral and impassioned outing since 1995’s La Haine, actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz has made a propulsive action movie dramatising the extraordinary French military response to a New Caledonia hostage-taking in 1988.

France In French and Kanak with English subtitles
136 minutes CinemaScope / DCP

Producers

Christophe Rossignon
,
Philip Boëffard

Screenplay

Mathieu Kassovitz
,
Pierre Geller
,
Benoît Jaubert. Based on the book by Philippe Legorjus

Photography

Marc Koninckx

Editors

Mathieu Kassovitz
,
Thomas Beard
,
Lionel Devuyst

Music

Klaus Badelt

With

Mathieu Kassovitz (Captain Philippe Legorjus)
,
Iabe Lapacas (Alphonse Dianou)
,
Malik Zidi (JP Perrot)
,
Alexandre Steiger (Jean Bianconi)
,
Daniel Martin (Bernard Pons)
,
Jean-Philippe Puymartin (General Jérôme)
,
Philippe de Jacquelin Dulphé (Squad General Vidal)
,
Philippe Torreton (Christian Prouteau)
,
Sylvie Testud (Chantal Legorjus)

Festivals

Toronto, Busan, London 2011
,
San Francisco 2012

Elsewhere

In his most visceral and impassioned outing since 1995’s La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz dramatises the extraordinary French military response to a New Caledonia hostage-taking in 1988.

Starring as Philippe Legorjus, a captain in an elite counterterrorist division hastily dispatched to the Pacific territory, Kassovitz leads a uniformly excellent cast. Upon arrival he discovers that the French army has been deployed too. Legorjus’ efforts to achieve a resolution through negotiation with the indigenous Kanak independence group clash with the blunter approach of the army and a different agenda from above. His attempts to earn the trust of the hostage takers’ leader, depicted in scenes of searing intensity, are constantly imperilled by a political battle playing out in Paris. Prime Minister Jacques Chirac is challenging François Mitterrand for the presidency, and the distant conflict has become a central issue. Chirac is determined that the rebellion be quelled, by whatever means. And time is running out. 

Based on Legorjus’ memoir, Rebellion has all the seat-edge energy of a thriller, buttressed by a real political heft. It delivers a gripping illustration of the bloody, expedient and far-reaching potential impact of colonial powers’ internal political squabbles. — TM 

“Displaying all the earmarks of a tightly made action drama, with effective topnotch camera work, nervous editing to pump energy in every scene, a cast driven to perform at full steam and an off-screen narration bridging eventual gaps, Kassovitz’s film inexorably moves ahead towards a pre-ordained climax.” — Dan Fainaru, Screendaily