This great feminist (and French) thriller can be (re)watched for free in streaming

This great feminist (and French) thriller can be (re)watched for free in streaming
This great feminist (and French) thriller can be (re)watched for free in streaming

When Cannes ends, we remember the Caesars! And with them the victory of this feminist thriller (yes yes it exists) which triumphed two years ago. A committed and haunting work to watch again for free in streaming on francetv…

“The night of the 12th” is the story of Yohan, an ordinary but very conscientious officer of the judicial police who sees his life turned upside down when he has to take charge, along with his colleague Marceau, of a sordid affair: the murder of ‘a young woman, Clara, burned alive in the street as she was returning home, on the night of the 12th. It’s not just another case for him: it’s an obsession. Because the image of Clara does not leave him.

And the evolution of this affair will gradually shake up his vision of the profession, but also of the people and the system from which they benefit. A pure thriller pitch that merges with the major issues of our post-#MeToo society? All you had to do was think about it, Dominik Moll and his screenwriter Gilles Marchand did it, and it was a success: The Night of the 12th won six Césars, including Best Film.

And today, you can (re)watch it for free in streaming on the francetv website. We recommend it twice rather than once. But why ?

When 6 Césars come to reward the first major French film post-#MeToo, to watch again for free in streaming

Why rediscover The night of the 12th ? Because it is a gripping thriller, which assumes the codes of the genre while skillfully playing with them to better serve its message. We think, for example, of this scene where the investigator questions the victim’s best friend. Soon, the interrogation turns around, and it is the investigator who is asked his own questions: does he judge the victim’s attitude? his actions? why is this so important? There’s a whole scene about “victim blaming” unfolding before our eyes, and it’s not that common.

Six Césars, among which we could also mention those for Best Director, Best Adaptation, Best Supporting Actor for Bouli Lanners, Best Actor for Bastien Bouillon, have therefore come to reward a critical film on feminicides, justice, and more generally male domination and the forms it takes. We will gradually discover the few suspects and each embodies a facet of this domination: verbal, physical violence, trivialized misogyny, rape culture…

This ranges from the young man with idiotic sneers to the budding rapper deploying the extent of his sexism under the cover of “punchlines” and artistic intentions – unless we must separate the man from the artist?… Like a desire to touch on the multiple forms of contempt for the woman who does not always say her name. Powerful scenes, just like the statement made by a police officer: “In our society, it is still men who are responsible for stopping men who kill women“.

All the more so because even the protagonists do not necessarily emerge glorified from this screening of masculinities. Thus the excellent character Marceau takes pleasure in denouncing the witch hunt of which women were victims centuries ago, while willingly sinking into an impulsive and toxic attitude. Not to be missed!

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