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Criticism of ‘The Fracture’, the “yellow vests” arrive at the cinema

Catherine Corsini directs this dramatic comedy with a Parisian demonstration, and a hospital under pressure, as a backdrop.

    French cinema has always known how to address its social problems in the most urgent way, almost x-raying them in real time to, in some way, record them. Here, Catherine Corsini uses the yellow vest movement that took place in 2018 as a protest against Emmanuel Macron’s policy and the rise in fuel prices to link it to another crisis, that of the health system and its collapse. Thus, she goes from the streets, with the demonstrations and their wounded, to the interior of a hospital where there are not enough means for basic care. The consequence: chaos. And from there, the mass hysteria.

    ‘The Fracture’ soaks up that agitation through frantic satire through a handful of characters who are at the limit of their circumstances, both the sick and the health personnel. Corsini uses comedy in its most tense version, a risky decision that leads to its ultimate consequences in an exemplary way when it comes to connecting the convulsion of society with the spirit of a film in a boiling state.

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    Address: Catherine Corsini Distribution: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marina Foïs, Pio Marmai, Aïssatou Dialo-Sagna, Jean-Louis Coullo’ch Country: France Year: 2021 Release date: 29–07-2022 Gender: Tragicomedy Script: Catherine Corsini, Agnès Feuvre, Laurette Polmanss Duration: 98 min.

    Synopsis: Raf (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and Julie (Marina Foïs), a couple on the verge of breaking up, find themselves in the ER on the verge of suffocation on the night of a Parisian “yellow vest” demonstration. His encounter with Yann (Pio Marmaï), a wounded and angry protester, will make his certainties and prejudices fly into a thousand pieces. Outside, the tension continues to grow. The hospital, under pressure, must close its doors. The staff is overwhelmed. The night is going to be long…

    Source: Fotogramas

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