Cannes Review: Queer Palm Winner The Divide is Heavy-Handed Look at Recent French History

Cannes Review: Queer Palm Winner The Divide is Heavy-Handed Look at Recent French History
Anybody who thinks writers who use subtext are cowards will find plenty to admire in The Divide. Taking place over the course of one night, Catherine Corsini’s film charts the messy disintegration of a relationship amidst an overcrowded hospital emergency room, where staff are struggling to tend to the needs of the growing number of patients. If this sounds too subtle as a state-of-the-nation address, fear not––Corsini doesn’t want to leave anything even slightly ambiguous. This narrative is complemented by an overt political commentary consisting almost entirely of shouting matches between social classes (mostly arguments about Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen), and is set at the height of the 2018 Yellow Jackets protests, with clashes between police and protesters moving ever closer to hospital grounds.

Even those with the slightest knowledge of recent French history may find themselves rolling their eyes at the glaringly obvious points The Divide is trying to make.
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