this one clocks in at 27 minutes, and they flew by. This one is all in french, another lovely dialect for the ears. It starts out as a man attempts to get his citizenship in a France. The first half all takes place in the Immigration office, with the two men barely moving. You get to like the person asking the questions less and less, especially if you have ever been in an unfair or one sided altercation with authority figures. It seems as though his application for citizenship will be denied as the man with the stamps veers off into an alternate line of questioning. He then calls an officer in the room and everything gets much more tense. The acting from the 3 characters with speaking lines, none of which are given names, is done wonderfully.
It is compelling. You feel the injustice and you want to help the man, who’s face and body signals he has done nothing wrong but go to a mosque. This is essentially, another short about race, only this time it is dealing with war and territory and not simply skin color. The fact that they don’t have names doesn’t keep you from relating to them or despising them as the line of questioning gets more uncomfortable and the man being questioned fidgets and gets frustrated. You grow a disdain for the interrogator as he uses malicious tactic to get the other man to discuss certain meetings he had after church. A simple case of having the wrong people around you in your youth has got this man in some deep trouble, that seems inescapable.
The film’s colored beautifully. The second half has a old western tint to it, that lends to the dismal nature of that tiny little office they are crammed into. The mans words are twisted and he is turned into an object to be manipulated. The fact’s aren’t ever all laid out and you are left to believe in what you feel about the character from their interaction. In the end it matters not who was right or wrong because only one of them has control. The story is moving and as relevant to today as it is t the time period it is set. for that, I give it a 4.5/5