Uncomfortably close to home.
An idealistic journalist (Malik Zidi) goes undercover to investigate home-grown Islamic radicals in Paris and comes across a group of zealous would-be jihadis. But when he reports his discovery to the police, they blackmail him into infiltrating the cell in a bid to uncover who is behind it.
Suspenseful in places, almost glibly ironic in others, French thriller Made in France at other times comes across as Four Lions without the laughs - indeed, one of the budding terrorists is so stupidly naïve he wouldn’t look out of place in Chris Morris’s film.
As it happens, director Nicolas Boukhrief’s depiction of fanatical extremism proved so chillingly prescient that his film’s cinema release was twice postponed in France – first when the Charlie Hebdo shootings took place in January 2015 and again following the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015.
Certificate 15. Runtime 93 mins. Director Nicolas Boukhrief
Made in France debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Wednesday 4 October. Available on Digital Download from Soda Pictures.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.