|IT'S HARD BEING LOVED BY JERKS (C'EST DUR D'ETRE AIME PAR DES CONS) (director: Daniel Laconte; cinematographers: David Quesemand, Xavier Liberman, Thomas Risch; editors: Laurent Abellard, Gregoire Chevalier-Naud; music: Cyril de Turckeim; cast: Philippe Val, Elisabeth Badinter, François Bayrou, Christophe Bigot, Richard Malka; Runtime: 118; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Daniel Leconte; Kino Lorber; 2008-France-in French with English subtitles)|
deadly clash between the cultures of the West
and those of fundamentalist Islamists gets a
thorough examination in this informative and
by Dennis Schwartz
The film sides with those who respect the democratic principles of freedom of the press. Their case is made but with too many talking heads to be entertaining. The trial is resolved by the court ruling that the radical Islamists were looking only for special treatment to exempt it from the satire regularly received by other religious groups from the magazine. The resolute and principled editor of Charlie Hebdo, Philippe Val, comes across as a brave defender of democratic principles in the face of threats against his life. The trial against the magazine began in 2007, but no cameras were allowed in the court.
REVIEWED ON 7/16/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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