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      Red Island

      2023 1h 56m Drama List
      82% Tomatometer 17 Reviews At the beginning of the 70s, in Madagascar, a few armed forces and their families live in one of the last French military bases abroad, a relic of the ending French colonial empire. Influenced by his reading of the intrepid comic book heroine Fantômette, Thomas, a ten-year-old boy, sweeps with a curious glance what surrounds him. Beneath the carefree expatriate life, his eyes are gradually opening to another reality. Read More Read Less

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      Guy Lodge Variety Confirms its helmer as a major name in contemporary French cinema — one who can fill a sprawling period canvas with considerable visual imagination and sensory detail. Mar 9, 2024 Full Review Wendy Ide Observer (UK) It captures beautifully and atmospherically a sense of mounting tension as the military men grapple with their impotency in a newly independent country. Rated: 4/5 Mar 3, 2024 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) Mood is everything here, as all experiences and narrative arcs are filtered through the quietly discombobulated mind of Thomas (Charlie Vauselle), the ten-year-old protagonist and Campillo stand-in. Rated: 4/5 Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Brandon Judell Brandon Judell (Medium) Campillo employs a French child’s gaze to observe his parents’ petty jealousies; the community’s racist reactions to an interracial coupling; and the anger of the Madagascans: “For twelve years, we have been independent but under France’s thumb.” Apr 12, 2024 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film Patriarchal and paternalistic structures at both a family and country level are put in the spotlight. Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2024 Full Review Brian Viner Daily Mail (UK) This engagingly quirky (and visually stunning) French-language drama is set on a French air force base in Madagascar in the early 1970s, where the former colonisers continue to assert their control over the now-independent. Rated: 3/5 Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis At the beginning of the 70s, in Madagascar, a few armed forces and their families live in one of the last French military bases abroad, a relic of the ending French colonial empire. Influenced by his reading of the intrepid comic book heroine Fantômette, Thomas, a ten-year-old boy, sweeps with a curious glance what surrounds him. Beneath the carefree expatriate life, his eyes are gradually opening to another reality.
      Director
      Robin Campillo
      Producer
      Marie-Ange Luciani
      Screenwriter
      Robin Campillo, Gilles Marchand
      Production Co
      Les Films de Pierre, Playtime, Scope Pictures, France 3 Cinéma
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French
      Runtime
      1h 56m