Directed by Claire Denis
Written by Claire Denis and Marie N’Diaye
Screening at from 16th July to
22nd July 2010
This is a tense and suspenseful contemporary drama set in a unnamed African
country, with the army at war with rebel militias.
The absorbing story, impressively directed by Claire Denis (who was raised
in colonial Africa) revolves around Marie (Isabelle Huppert), a white
French woman bravely trying to keep operating the coffee plantation she
manages while chaos closes in around her and her family.
All her workers have deserted her, her husband (Christopher Lambert)
sells the plantation to the local mayor without her knowledge and her
bone-idle son Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle) flips his lid and becomes a
deranged bonehead with murderous intent in his heart.
But despite all these odds stacked against Marie her resolution is unwavering
- it is her firm belief that this is her home, so she should not leave,
The chaos taking place is palpable, with even hordes of young kids running
amok with guns. There is no respect for anyone or anything - the corrupt
system has finally imploded.
The final scenes showing the army taking savage revenge on the warrior
kids are horrific - particularly when a soldier slits the throat of a
kid with a machete without even a moment of deliberation.