One Nation, One King
Un peuple et son roi
2018, Pierre Schoeller, France, 121 min.
With Gaspard Ulliel, Adéle Haenel, Olivier Gourmet
- Fri, Jul 12th 6:00pm
- Sun, Jul 14th 5:00pm
“Intelligent…with its themes of national identity and the empowerment of women, it couldn’t be timelier.”—Demetrios Matheou, The List
The voice of the people is at the heart of this historically detailed populist drama of the French Revolution. Director Schoeller (THE DIPLOMAT) foregrounds the personal stories of street-level rebels—Francoise (Haenel), a washerwoman and bereaved young mother; Basile (Ulliel), the drifter with whom she falls in love; and Uncle (Gourmet), an aged glassblower—against the larger picture that ranges from raucous debate in the National Assembly to fearful murmurings in the doomed court of Louis XVI (Laurent Lafitte). The story is bookended by the immediate aftermath of the storming of the Bastille and the horrific execution of the king at the guillotine, but saves its emphasis for the chaotic push-pull process of a democracy being born. Major revolutionary thinkers including Robespierre (Louis Garrel) and Marat (Denis Lavant) get significant screen time in marvelous characterizations. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)