L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion)
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A man struggles to defuse an explosive situation with tragic results in this drama based on actual events. In 1988, France was wracked with political division as Francois Mitterand and Jacques Chirac were campaigning for the presidency, with the incumbent Mitterand representing the political left and Chirac speaking for the right. After a band of Kanak separatists under the leadership of Alphonse Dianou (Iabe Lapacas) seize a police station on Ouvea Island, part of the French colony of New Caledonia, twenty-six officers are taken hostage and three are killed. Mitterand assigns… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's superbly structured and consistently suspenseful, offering keen insight into a conflict most of us won't even be aware of. Welcome back, Mathieu."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) takes on a major event in his nation's colonial history with this true action-adventure set on the lush South Pacific island of New Caledonia."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"harrowing and gripping account of a horrifying true story."
‑ Jack Jones, Little White Lies
"It gets bogged down in detail at times, but there's no mistaking its sense of injustice."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Rebellion walks the line between earnestness and self-righteousness, and in doing so unseats The Hurt Locker as the most affecting war drama of the century so far."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
"Sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"It is clearly well-researched but not made with La Haine's flair."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Rebellion contains impressive cinematography and strong dialogue, and Mathieu Kassovitz shines as its director and star."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"It's an absorbing political drama, eloquent and angry."
‑ Andrew Osmond, Empire Magazine
"Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"An intelligent political drama, part thriller, part war movie, and informed by something of the anger against established authority that fuelled La Haine."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The movie doesn't delve too deeply into the mentality of Legorjus or indeed anyone else, but it's a tense, involving tale of France's forgotten imperial trauma."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Kassovitz deftly negotiates the complexity of what happened but his sympathies clearly lie with the islanders in a politically-charged tale with an approach similar to the work of Costa-Gavras."
‑ Allan Hunter, The List
"At a compassion-sapping 136 minutes, it's far too long, and Kassovitz's characterless central turn makes a worthy personal statement veer close to vanity project."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"As a director, [Kassovitz] throws some great moves -- a sequence where a gendarme explains how the station was invaded is a kind of 360-degree whirl of memories brought back to life."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
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