Created by the prominent European filmmaker Bruno Dumont, France is a scathing satire on the contemporary media world and the political establishment, as well as a tragicomic tale about living under constant pressure and how difficult it is to break away from one's public image. This is the everyday reality of France de Meurs (played by the excellent Léa Seydoux), a star of TV journalism who keeps her cool and indulges in malicious comments even in the presence of President Macron. And just when it seems like nothing can make much of an impression on her, her cool professionalism covering up any emotional reaction, she gets into a minor car accident in which she’s at fault. The event has surprising consequences: all of France's self-confidence disappears in an instant, and her subsequent on-camera slip-ups lead to deepening depression and anxiety. Illness doesn't discriminate, Dumont seems to be saying, and the way to cope with it is to try and step away from the limelight. But in the case of a public figure, it can be a lot harder than you think. After all, "fame" comes with a price.
Léa Seydoux, Blanche Gardin, Benjamin Biolay, Emanuele Arioli, Juliane Köhler