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Rebellion [L'Ordre et la Morale] Review


French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) takes on a major event in his nation's colonial history with this true action-adventure set on the lush South Pacific island of New Caledonia. It's a muscular, harrowing military thriller that has echoes of Zero Dark Thirty in its urgent story's drive to a big action climax. And it was made a year earlier.

The events take place in 1988, as politicians in France are preparing for general elections when an uprising breaks out in New Caledonia and several people are taken hostage by Kanak islanders. So French special forces captain Philippe (Kassovitz) assembles a crack team to diffuse the situation. Their goal is to facilitate talks to find a peaceful solution, but the local French politician (Martin) and military bosses are keen on a much more aggressive approach to crush any percieved rebellion. This is especially frustrating to Philippe after he meets the Kanak leader (Lapacas) and discovers that they also want peace, and that the whole situation is the result of panic and inexperience.

As the military and government pushes violence over peace, the story becomes increasingly intense. The political gamesmanship is shocking, as candidates falsely label the Kanaks as "savages" to get votes while arrogant leaders make snap decisions thousands of miles away in Paris. So the film begins to feel like a real attempt to right France's colonial wrongs, and it's infused with the righteous anger of centuries of mistreatment of indigenous peoples. It even opens with the caption, "The truth hurts, but lies kill".

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Picture - Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, David... Berlin, Germany, Monday 3rd December 2007

Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai and David Bennent - Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, David Bennent Berlin, Germany - Premiere of "Ulzhan - das vergessene Licht" held at the Kino in the Kulturbrauerei Monday 3rd December 2007

Picture - Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai Berlin, Germany, Monday 3rd December 2007

Philippe Torreton and Ayanat Ksenbai - Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai Berlin, Germany - Premiere of "Ulzhan - das vergessene Licht" held at the Kino in the Kulturbrauerei Monday 3rd December 2007

Picture - Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, Volker... Berlin, Germany, Monday 3rd December 2007

Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, Volker Schloendorff, David Bennent and his girlfriend Anja Schroeter - Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, Volker Schloendorff, David Bennent, his girlfriend Anja Schroeter Berlin, Germany - Premiere of "Ulzhan - das vergessene Licht" held at the Kino in the Kulturbrauerei Monday 3rd December 2007

Picture - Philippe Torreton Berlin, Germany, Monday 3rd December 2007

Philippe Torreton Monday 3rd December 2007 Aftershow-party for the Premiere of "Ulzhan - das vergessene Licht" held at the Kino in the Kulturbrauerei Berlin, Germany

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