In the 80s, Aram, a young man from Marseille of Armenian origin, blows up the Turkish ambassador’s car in Paris. Aram, on the run, joins the Armenian Liberation Army in Beirut, the hotbed of international revolution in those years.
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All the good intentions in the world cannot save this film from its atrocious dialogue and acting. It had all the elements to be a fascinating insight into a troubled history. As an Armenian, I have yet to see *the* film about the genocide, the Schindler's list of Armenian history. Une Histoire de Fou was a little too victimizing, and never really showed both sides of the conflict. Nuance is the key.
CINEMANIA '15 Guediguian tells a tale set in the '70's about Armenian retribution for the genocide of 1915 and examines the impact of terrorism. When does retribution and the strive for justice become radicalized terror and injustice for others? Guediguian wisely looks at both sides of the equation but the script does get a little lost in its subplot of a wounded Frenchman looking for answers. Cast is outstanding.
An overtly political movie which often feels like an educational film on the Armenian genocide - which is of course an important issue but treated this way makes poor cinema. The story of the wounded Gilles - who seems to stand for current France: wounded and confused - is the most interesting one and makes the film alive. Otherwise the film’s rather generic tale of idealist-cum-disillusioned-terrorist.