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IN THE NAME OF THE FRENCH FLAG

A small, deserted, uninhabited island in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Its name is Europa. This is a bit of France, 4 hours flying time from Réunion. Throughout the year, in fifty-day tours of duty, fifteen young French army soldiers take turns to maintain it and guard it. Without any possible contact with the outside world or their families. Military rituals and activities mark out the days. They must regulate nature, tend to the coconut palms. And train too. The days pass. The turtles that populate the beaches are born, die, return to the sea. Mosquitoes swirl in the air. Rain, wind and sun alternate. The men slowly blend in with this mineral world. What seemed useful on the first day becomes strange when repeated. So the men sing, pray, repaint the ropes of a boxing ring… as they wait for the plane out.
                  

Chantal Richard See his other films
Produced by : Blanche Guichou
Company : AGAT FILMS & CIE
Coproduced by : France Télévisions, Cityzen Tv, Canal Overseas Productions
Partners : Région Basse-Normandie, ADCAM, CNC, Procirep-Angoa




Genre : documentary
Duration : 90 min et 52 min
Year of production : 2009
Available Versions : VF/VO-STA


Distributor : Doc & Film

International sales : Doc & Film

TV distribution : Doc & Film

TV Diffusion : 04/06/2009









Festival selections :
Festival du film de l'Aventure, Brest, 2009.

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