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Pacifiction

On an island in French Polynesia, the Haut-Commissaire a man with a turbulent naturalness and high diplomacy, lives between the highest echelons of politics and the lowest social stratum of his co-citizens. Rumour has been going around: the sighting of a submarine whose ghostly presence could herald the return of French nuclear testing.
On an island in French Polynesia a writer returns to her country after having triumphed in France with a novel. However, she is disoriented and in a creative crisis. Faced with the impossibility of writing new works, she decides to accept a simultaneous translation job together with an ambassador. A strange love attraction begins between them, full of contrasts. Little by little she realizes the cynicism of international politics, with a latent threat of new nuclear tests by the French government. Her love affair with the ambassador will be affected by that conflict, and interest and romance will mix in a confusing and absorbing way until the sad end. From his vision of the dying Sun King in The Death of Louis XIV (Cannes Special Screening, 2016) to his new exotic plot set under nuclear threat, Albert Serra, director of the avant-garde Liberté (Cannes Special Jury Prize Un Certain Regard, 2019), challenges all the conventions of conformity. In Pacifiction presented in Cannes Competition, a delicious tropical tale warmed by the Tahitian sun, Benoît Magimel dons the costume of a High Commissioner alongside Sergi López, as a seedy nightclub owner.
Original title
Tourment sur les îles
English title
Pacifiction
Year
2022
Language
FR, EN
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
165 min
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Awards

Cannes IFF
Main Competition
2022

Media reception

Little White Lies
"Albert Serra returns with an apocalyptic saga set in Tahiti in one of his most accomplished and mature films to date."
The Guardian
"I can only say I was captivated by the film and its stealthy evocation of pure evil."

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