Chien blanc: Denis Ménochet and Kacey Rohl in the poignant adaptation of Romain Gary's novel

Published by Julie de Sortiraparis · Published on May 23th, 2024 at 10:53 a.m.
Chien blanc, a drama by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette starring Denis Ménochet and Kacey Rohl, explores the racial tensions of 1968 in Los Angeles. In theaters May 22, 2024.

Chien blanc is a drama directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, known for such committed films as Inch'Allah and La déesse des mouches à feu. The film adapts Romain Gary's novel of the same name, offering an intense immersion in the racial tensions of the 60s. The cast includes Denis Ménochet, an actor who made a name for himself with his performances in Inglourious Basterds and Grâce à Dieu, Kacey Rohl, who made a name for herself in the Hannibal series, and K.C. Collins, known for his role in Lost Girl. This film explores a dark chapter in American history, accentuated by striking performances and poignant direction.

In 1968, in the United States, the assassination of Martin Luther King sparked riots and exacerbated racial tensions. French writer Romain Gary and his wife, American actress Jean Seberg, an active civil rights and Black Panther activist, live in Los Angeles. They take in a stray dog, soon discovering that it has been trained to attack exclusively black, white dogs. Although Romain Gary is deeply attached to animals, he finds himself faced with a moral dilemma: keeping this dog means risking losing Jean, for whom this animal embodies the racial oppression she is fighting against.

Chien blanc is aimed at audiences sensitive to historical dramas and social issues. Fans of films such as Selma, The Butler and Detroit will find in this work a new exploration of the racial struggles of the 60s. The film's originality lies in its unique approach to moral dilemmas, posing the question of rehabilitation in the face of inculcated hatred. The story offers a profound reflection on human values and the characters' internal contradictions in the face of racial injustice.

Chien blanc, directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, offers a powerful adaptation of Romain Gary's novel, plunging us into the divided America of 1968. Starring Denis Ménochet and Kacey Rohl, this drama explores the moral dilemmas and racial tensions exacerbated by the assassination of Martin Luther King. Due in cinemas on May 22, 2024, this film promises to leave a lasting impression with its poignant subject and intense reflection on racial issues and human values.

Official trailer for Chien Blanc (2024) :

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Dates and Opening Time
Starts May 22th, 2024

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