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L'Île Rouge

Robin Campillo | 2023 | 117 MINS
France/Madagascar | Subtitles
International Panorama: France/Madagascar

This visually exquisite, tender film about a boy growing up in a military air base on a former colony is a wonderful watch. From Robin Campillo who gave us the brilliant ‘120 beats per minute' (2017).

★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

In Detail

At the beginning of the 1970s in Madagascar, a few armed forces and their families live in one of the last French military bases abroad, a relic of the ending French colonial empire. Influenced by his reading of the intrepid comic book heroine Fantômette, ten-year-old Thomas (Charlie Vauselle) sweeps with a curious glance what surrounds him.

Beneath the carefree expatriate life, his eyes are gradually opening to another reality. Frequently poignant and always visually spectacular, Campilo’s film is a masterful portrayal of colonialism through a child’s eyes.

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