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2016 ARCHIVE

Director: Joachim Lafosse
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb
Country: Belgium, France, 2016
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: M, Offensive language
Duration: 112 minutes
Festivals: TIFF 2015, Platform; San Sebastian International Film Festival, Official Competition

“…this timely film asks what might constitute a better life for non-Westerners and who gets to decide.”
Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

Synopsis

Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (Private Lessons) delivers a sobering and impeccably paced feature, inspired by true events, on post-colonialism and the blurred line between assistance and interference.

Jacques Arnault (Vincent Lindon) is the head of an NGO that plans on rescuing 300 orphans from an African country torn by war. Having settled in their camp, the team’s enthusiasm soon decreases when the plane they’ve rented from local go-between Xavier (Reda Kated, Hippocrates – Festival 2016) to visit local villages breaks down.

Françoise (Valérie Donzelli, Declaration of War – Festival 2012) is a reporter invited to document the team’s mission. Through her presence, we see the relationships between the volunteers evolve and discover their true motivation: the NGO is not here to look after children, but to take them back to France to their adoptive families.

Helped by translator Bintou, the aid-workers travel across the country to gather children, faced with a growing doubt about their intentions.

The storyline and characters’ psychology pushes us to form our own opinions, and wonder what the outcome of the mission will be.

Trailer

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WELLINGTON
Mon 22 Feb 3.30pm D
Wed 24 Feb 6.15pm D
Sat 5 Mar 8.30pm D

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Fri 26 Feb 4.20pm
Mon 29 Feb 3.30pm
Sat 12 Mar 8.45pm

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Sat 27 Feb 8.45pm
Mon 29 Feb 4.15pm
Wed 9 Mar 4.00pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Sat 5 Mar 8.45pm
Mon 7 Mar 4.15pm
Wed 16 Mar 4.00pm

TIMARU
Wed 9 Mar 7.40pm

NELSON
Sun 13 Mar 3.15pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Thu 17 Mar 4.10pm

TAURANGA
Sun 13 Mar 7.30pm

ARROWTOWN
Thu 24 Mar 11.00am

PALMERSTON NORTH
Fri 25 Mar 3.45pm
Tue 29 Mar 8.30pm

HAMILTON
Sun 10 April 5.15pm

HAVELOCK NORTH
Mon 4 April 10.30am
Thu 7 April 8.30pm

DUNEDIN
Sun 3 April 1.15pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre