Fabien Lemercier

Critic

France

Fabien Lemercier is a cinema journalist who writes reviews for Cineuropa. He is also the Film Focus Cordinator at Cineuropa

The Harvesters/Die Stropers

Date: 14 May 2018 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
"Dear Father, please make this boy strong, make his blood strong, make his semen strong", "good or bad, it’s strength that counts". Etienne Kallos opted for an isolated corner of the Free State province in South Africa as the setting for his first full-length film, The Harvesters, presented in the Un Certain Regard section of the 71st Cannes Film Festival: a world of white farmers who live off the land, in a constant state of religious fervour; ...

Makala

Date: 01 Sep 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
At daybreak, we see a man walking; he leaves the confines of his small village, a can of water in his hand and an axe under each arm, and crosses the parched slopes of the bushland alone before reaching an enormous, gnarled tree that he fells with a Herculean effort. After saying a prayer ("Give me the strength I need for my work, protect my family, may your light illuminate my voice"), he’s on his way home, back to his wife, who is taking care ...

Beauty and the Dogs (La Belle et la Meute)

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
"You want my advice? Go home. No one will admit you". For 21-year-old Mariam, a student staying in a hostel for young girls in Tunis, the evening started in high and carefree spirits, at a private party with dancing, a little sexy dress and knowing exchanges between girlfriends, making eyes at a handsome and nice stranger with whom she agrees to go for a walk outside, along the beach. But it’s a hellish night that is about to unfold, a walk on ...

Clash

Date: 12 May 2016 Category: TV/Film
9.0 Rating
One place: the inside of a police van. One time, during a highly charged period for Egypt: a day among the many that followed the army’s ousting of President Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, which had risen to power in 2012, one year after the revolution that had put an end to Mubarak’s lengthy regime. This setting, at once very simple physically speaking and immense on a political level, and one that is certainly stylistically ch ...