This Is Our Land draws gutsy drama from France’s right-wing resurgence, but whiffs where it matters

Early in This Is Our Land, the latest effort from perpetually underrated French filmmaker Lucas Belvaux (The Trilogy, Rapt, Not My Type), a group of friends—all of them white—are enjoying a backyard barbecue when one of them makes a racist joke. Immediately, someone else calls him on it, insisting that such remarks…

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A Cannes winner returns to the classroom, but not to form, with disappointing thriller The Workshop 

After winning the Palme D’Or for Sex, Lies And Videotape, Steven Soderbergh famously quipped, “Well, I guess it’s all downhill from here.” Sadly, it really has been all downhill for Laurent Cantet since a Cannes jury bestowed that same prize upon The Class, his 2008 drama (also nominated for the Foreign-Language…