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France, Spain, Germany · 2022
2h 45m
Director Albert Serra
Starring Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller

When a mysterious submarine is seen near the coast of Tahiti, the French government dispatches De Roller, a suave and tactful diplomat. His mission is to smooth tensions on the island as the local government grows concerned that the submarine's arrival indicates the dreaded return of French nuclear testing in the region.

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Slant by Carson Lund

Pacifiction uses its thin narrative elements as a pretense to explore the texture of uncertainty, suspicion, and inaction.


IndieWire by Christian Blauvelt

Pacifiction is not a vicarious experience of luxury; it is an experience of life. Set to its own tidal rhythm, it is one of the most beautiful and rigorously introspective movies of this or any year, a film that makes you deeply ponder the fate of humanity itself.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Pacifiction is a film in many ways about floating, through life and water and power, inviting the viewer to idly drift right along with it.


Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

For resilient audiences, it provides a truly original cinematic experience. ‘Cinematic’ is a key word: the film was lavishly shot using three 4K Canon Black Magic Pocket cameras and comes with a rich soundscape that pushes the oneiric envelope and takes certain scenes into paranoid-thriller genre territory.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Albert Serra’s bizarre epic is a cheese-dream of French imperial tristesse, political paranoia and an apocalyptic despair. It is a nightmare that moves as slowly and confidently as a somnambulist, and its pace, length, and Serra’s beautiful widescreen panoramic framings – in which conventional drama is almost camouflaged or lost – may divide opinion. I can only say I was captivated by the film and its stealthy evocation of pure evil.


Original Cin by Thom Ernst

Pacifiction is a movie to experience. In the end, it’s all an analogy between politics and nightclubs and the assumption (fiction?) of power and persuasion. But that’s my guess. Your guess is as good as mine. And to that effect, ours is as good a guess as even Serra is willing to offer.

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