French Film Festival UK

Mercenary (Mercenaire) 15

Thu 9 Nov, 8.15pm


19-year-old Soane is persuaded to leave his New Caledonian home to try his luck in France as a rugby player.

Though technically French he’s not recognised as such by the locals and Soane struggles to get the recognition he deserves. Deemed too short and too light by the rugby team official he’s told to fly back home. But that’s not an option.

An almost entirely non-professional cast deliver compelling performances (Soane's changing-room 'haka' is a blistering highlight) in Wolff’s exploration of sacrifice and the quest for success.

Dir: Sacha Wolff

Cast: Toki Pilioko, Laurent Pakihivatau

France 2016, 104mins


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