France

France ★★★

From the opening scene, where you’re not quite sure whether the movie staged itself around a press conference with the real, live Emmanuel Macron, or whether the real, live Emmanuel Macron staged a press conference around a scene from a screenplay, this film continually weaves in and out of the real and unreal. This is a mostly compelling disquisition, particularly because director Bruno Dumont is mindful not to veer explicitly into surreal territory. As a result, the permeability of what separates truth from fiction maintains a satisfying tension throughout, even if Dumont is never quite sure where it’s all headed. Boasting a masterful performance by Lea Seydoux helps matters enormously.

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