The Law (La Loi)
“I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.” – Simone Veil
In 1974, French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing put his Health Minister Simone Veil in charge of a daunting task: successfully carrying a new abortion law through parliament. Veil, an Auschwitz survivor, spent her life fighting for women’s rights. With three days to argue the law to parliamentarians, and after her male colleagues abandon her to the task alone, Veil faces down both sexism and anti-Semitism without ever losing her cool, and ends up making history.
Award-winning Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Avant Chanel) delivers a spellbinding performance as the legendary politician and writer Veil. Christian Faure’s masterful direction employs a beautiful film-noir look, depicting the backroom wheeling and dealing of politics with all the tension and engagement of a thriller. Also stars Michaël Cohen (Shall We Dance?) as a young Jacques Chirac.
87 min / French (English Subtitles)
Director — Christian Fauer
Category — Mavens (Brilliant Minds)