Pacifiction – Tourment sur les îles

Director: Albert Serra
Country: Spain, France, Portugal, Germany

2022 | 162 min. | French
Subtitles: German, English

Cast_ Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun, Alexandre Melo, Sergi López Screenplay_ Albert Serra Camera_ Artur Tort Producer_ Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Albert Serra, Montse Triola, Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves, Laurent Jacquemin Rights_ Tamtam Film GmbH

Pure cinema. Film as trance. Bodies and movement, bodies in movement – majestically captured by a camera. Albert Serra breaks the boundaries of conventional narrative cinema. Beautiful.

More than mere storytelling: those who love cinema for the power of its imagery, sensuality, and dreamlike qualities will find a veritable bounty here. Not since David Lynch’s ›Inland Empire‹ has cinema been brought back to its essence to such an extent: the moving image, the body within it. In  ›Pacifiction‹, this is combined – and this for the first time – with sprawling, boundless, voluptuous orgies of dialogue. Benoît Magimel shines in the role of an inscrutable French politician stationed in Tahiti. He looks after things, hears out the population, hurries from meeting to meeting, often in dubious locales. A rumor is circulating that the French will resume nuclear testing, which threatens his authority. But enough said. You need to see this film and its musically dense, haunting atmosphere for yourself. A cinematographic experience!


Director and artist Albert Serra (1975) has so far mainly adapted historical material. His film ›Story of My Death‹ won the Golden Leopard in Locarno in 2013. ›Liberté‹ earned him the Special Jury Award in Cannes in 2019.


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