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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

The rise of far-right nationalism in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere has become a sign of our times — a sign of fear and loathing for many, but one of pride for a growing minority in France that, in the last presidential election, captured over a third of the vote.  In fact, the minority no longer looks like a minority at all.

In their new documentary “The Tie” (“La Cravate”), directors Étienne Chaillou and Mathias Théry focus with razor-sharp precision on Bastien, one such foot soldier in France’s burgeoning far-right movement, tracking him around the country as he campaigns for candidate Marine Le Pen in the run-up to the 2017 presidential election.

What the filmmakers reveal is a young man whose deep-seated political convictions were, at least in part, shaped by his life in the economically strapped region of Picardy — where Le Pen’s National Front party, now renamed the National Rally, has a sizable following.

They also reveal someone willing to face a certain level of ridicule and ostracism, including getting fired from a promising job, to defend the ideas that he believes in.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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