DVD & Blu-ray review: Rebellion (15)

Mathieu Kassovitz DVD/Blu-ray (135mins)

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"All I see out there is barbarity," yells a gendarme at a French soldier.

Director Matthieu Kassovitz, who also stars, tackles one of France's more shameful military incidents, which took place on the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia in 1988.

Four gendarmes have been killed and 30 others captured by local Kanak separatist rebels, so Captain Legorjus (Kassovitz) is called in to negotiate with them.

However, the French government has no real interest in arbitration and a slaughter ensues. A powerful if slightly long indictment of colonialism.