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Patria obscura

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Documentary - 2013 - Color
Director : Stéphane RAGOT
83 minutes
Visa # 129767
Production : Les Films du Jeudi
Distribution : DHR & Les Films du Jeudi

Patria obscura, « movie-event », by the precision of its intentions, by the beauty of its images, by the impressive editorial work, procures a real pleasure, an intense pleasure capable of healing secret or gaping wounds, wounds that are borne by all of us.
Repeatedly we hear that France needs a new « national imaginary ». Well this film has built one in its own way. It’s soothing, all embracing, it shows that there are several houses in the French domain and that each one can have its place.


Jean Bauberot, historian



SUMMARY
A photographer follows the footsteps of his two grandfathers both army men who died a long time ago, Pierre the legionnaire and Paul the paratrooper. Through them he explores the story of his family, a history bounded by wars, tormented by silences and the unsaid. In an immodest film, he unveils the history of France, a nation at war with itself.

Patria Obscura travels backwards through French history to the massive slaughter of 14-18 which carried the seed of the decline of the European States/Nations. The film tackles the passion for silence, the universal sickness which prevents us from seeing in a foreigner anything more than the reflection of our own fears.

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