Black Ocean
Noir Océan
France (FR), 2011, 90 minutes, SD
Black Ocean Synopsis

Three young boys aboard a French naval vessel in 1974, unaware of the risks they run and the dramatic effects on our planet, take part in the nuclear tests in Mururoa, in the Pacific. A raw acerbic story about the relationships of the men on board, confronted with discipline, violence, occasionally friendship but most of all by a solitude and distress that cannot be shared and is much too heavy to bear when one is only 18.

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Reviewed by amyfaulkner
A clear and glinting ocean surrounds the solitary boat in Marion Hansel's maritime film about young adulthood and the lonely occupation of those on board. The beautiful scenery is evocative... more
A clear and glinting ocean surrounds the solitary boat in Marion Hansel's maritime film about young adulthood and the lonely occupation of those on board. The beautiful scenery is evocative and this dramatic setting only spurs on the warm feelings we will develop for many of the young men on board who are at the brink of adulthood. They suffer from loneliness, incomprehension at their reason for being there and the barking orders of the higher echelons on board. Although the back story is a little confusing at times and a single plot thread unidentifiable, there are some powerful performances, particularly that from Adrien Jolivet who is temperamental Moriaty. Hansel deals with the subject matter well. The film is tinged with a darker and disconcerting edge that will ring clearer with French nationals as they recognise that this ship is one of the many in he 1970's that tested the polemical nuclear Mururoa.
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