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PATER

Director: Alain Cavalier

105 minutes • France • 2011


Selected for competition at Cannes, Alain Cavalier’s experimental narrative begins with the director himself and estimable actor Vincent Lindon discussing a future project on which the two will collaborate, playing the President and Prime Minister of France respectively.

Taking the relationship between the two throughout their political careers as a loose framework for what follows, the two improvise discussions in which they outline the laws they will institute and changes they will make to France, and perform scenes from their imagined lives with other actors. A hit with critics at Cannes, the film is a fascinating mixture of actors’ workshop and political satire. The two leads make for an engaging and often very funny double act as they build their tale ever taller.

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