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The Divide

La Fracture

Catherine Corsini | 2021 | 98 MINS
France | Subtitles
French Film Festival UK

Two women on the verge of breaking up find themselves in a besieged Paris emergency room while the Yellow Vests rage outside in this smart observation of contemporary France.

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Also in the hospital is Pia, a protesting trucker with shrapnel in his blood-soaked leg, who harbours an innocent idea that Macron might come out to hear of their woes directly. Newcomer Aissatou Diallo Sagna (a real-life hospital worker) is impressive as the nurse who makes desperate efforts to cope with this seething mass of humanity.

Here she directs at a breakneck pace and spares none of her political punches as we watch the impossibly burdened health workers trying to clear up the mess of heavy-handed policing and a seemingly uncaring Government. Director Corsini appraises her country’s ills with a healthy dose of Gallic gallows humour.

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