Thursday, March 8, 2012

Equally fascinating and unsettling, Vincent Garenq’s second feature is a breathtaking journey into a Kafka-esque judicial nightmare. Alain Marecaux (an extraordinary performance by Philippe Torreton) is a court bailiff who lives quietly with his family in a small provincial town. One evening, his home is raided by the police, and he and his wife are arrested, accused of being part of a regional child sex and abuse ring. Imprisoned, Marecaux refuses to admit guilt or strike a deal, protesting his innocence even as his reputation and family life are destroyed. Based on real events (the Outreau Affair, as it was known in France), GUILTY is a sober reminder of how quickly personal rights and freedom can disappear in an atmosphere poisoned by fear and hatred—even in the most democratic societies.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 102 minutes
  • Director Vincent Garenq