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Carré Blanc

Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s debut feature (2011) is a visually striking if thematically familiar piece of dystopian science fiction. It imagines an overcrowded future where the issue of population control affects nearly every part of daily life; if anyone upsets the social order, he’s liable to get killed and ground into food. The protagonist is a poor orphan (Sami Bouajila, a veteran of Rachid Bouchareb’s films) who internalizes the violent system and grows up to become a powerful executive or something like that. Léonetti deliberately obscures certain narrative details to preserve the otherworldly tone; the strategy is effective so long as the images are compelling, which is fairly often. In French with subtitles.

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