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Cannes Review: Prize-Winning Survivalist Love Story ‘Les Combattants’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 28, 2014 5:05 PM
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So we’re electing to go with the French title of this film (which translates to “The Fighters”) rather than the mooted English language versio — “Love at First Fight”— because we’re quite fond of the English language and also of this little film, and slight as it is, it doesn’t deserve to be lumbered with such an offputting pun. Triple winner of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sidebar (which is actually non-competitive but certain independent bodies elect to award prizes, all three of which “Les Combattants” won) we have to say that in a very strong year for that particular section, we were maybe expecting a little more from the film, which beat out the likes of “Whiplash,” “Tu Dors Nicole,” “A Hard Day,” “Cold in July” “National Gallery” and “Girlhood,” among others.

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