French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in over 120 films and was just awarded a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival. FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Alison Sargent about Huppert’s new film “Les Promesses”, an involving and entertaining look at contemporary French politics. The thriller sees Huppert star alongside Reda Kateb as a mayor in suburban Paris forced to choose between personal ambition and loyalty to her working-class constituents.
We also discuss Alice Diop’s documentary “Nous”, which explores the incredibly varied lives of the people living along the Parisian commuter train line RER B.
Plus, we look at two films based on real-life scandals. Laurent Cantet’s “Arthur Rambo” explores the downfall of a young writer hailed as an integration success story until he’s found to have posted hateful comments on social media.
And “Enquête sur un scandale d’État” tells the story of one of France’s top anti drug-trafficking cops who is himself accused of involvement in the drug trade.