One Nation, One King

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Pierre Schoeller

121 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2018

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Paris, 1789. The Bastille has been stormed and a breath of liberty blows through the streets of Paris. Françoise (Adèle Haenel), a young washerwoman, and Basile (Gaspard Ulliel), a drifter without a family or name, discover the unique exhilaration of love and revolution. Together with their friends and the people of the working-class districts of Paris, they begin to realize dreams of emancipation in a newly formed assembly where they witness, with both hopes and doubts, the creation of a new political system. Within their debates and the fury on the streets, lies the fate of their once sacred king and the birth of a republic. Freedom has a story.

“A sturdy, intelligent, if only occasionally stirring historical drama. With its questions about national identity and emphasis on the women of the revolution, it feels like a timely film that may well chime with audiences.” —Screen International

“This could easily confound anyone without a strong grasp of French history. Yet, with its themes of national identity and the empowerment of women, it couldn’t be timelier.” —The List

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  • Venice Film Festival 2018
  • Busan International Film Festival 2018


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