Cannes Film Festival: “November”, the film by Cédric Jimenez on the attacks of November 13, 2015


Already present out of competition at Cannes in 2021 with its resounding North ferryCédric Gimenez finds himself in the same category with November. Two thrillers, two true stories. This time, he reconstructs the incredible investigation that led to the arrest or death of the perpetrators of the 2015 attacks that traumatized France. The film is expected on October 5 on the screens.

Paris, November 13, 2015: the police learn that a series of attacks have just targeted the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, café terraces in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of Paris and the concert hall le Bataclan. All police services are monopolized to prevent Islamist terrorists from leaving Paris, in vain. The testimony of a young Muslim will be the key to finding the murderers.

As in North ferry, Cédric Jimenez puts pressure on us from the first scene to not let us go until the end. His nervous camera and cutter editing are devilishly efficient. Its casting is sensational and well chosen: Jean Dujardin as the right arm of the head of the anti-terrorist unit, played by Sandrine Kiberlain, and Anaïs Demoustier, as an investigator at the heart of the system.

Cédric Jimenez puts on the table without complacency the meanders of a complicated process, which will go back to Belgium, with the malfunctions and parasitic false leads. He is aiming for human errors and a lack of communication between services. The director’s method is to base his film on solid documentation and to extract a gripping dramaturgy from it. His characters are well identified, with invested actors and a spectacular staging mounted with dynamism.

Against North ferry, November does not dwell on the private lives of its protagonists. The story here is less individual, with a national, even international dimension. Cédric Jimenez avoids showing the attacks, which would have been inappropriate. It focuses on the urgency of apprehending the criminals who foment other quick actions and draws heart-pounding suspense out of it. The trial of the surviving terrorists and their accomplices, which opened in September 2021 in Paris, must take place until the verdict expected at the end of May 2022.

The poster of "November" by Cedrix Jimenez (2022).  (STUDIOCANAL)

Gender : police officer
Director: Cedric Jimenez
Actors: Jean Dujardin, Anaïs Demoustier, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jérémie Renier, Lyna Khoudri, Cédric Khan
Country : France
Duration : 1h45
Exit : October 5, 2022
Distributer : StudioCanal

Summary: A dive into the heart of anti-terrorism during the 5 days of investigation that followed the attacks of November 13.

With November but also the movie See Paris againpresented at the Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes takes on the 2015 attacks twice. Alice Winocour’s film features Virginie Efira undergoing psychological reconstruction after surviving the November 2015 attack in a café in the capital. Accompanied by Benoît Magimel, she embarks on a reconstruction of the facts to better succeed in overcoming them. Our review.



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