Fifth about The Seventh

Goliath (2022)

Goliath: Frédéric Tellier’s film is very methodical, patiently laying out the many aspects of his story, the (seemingly eternal) fight against large economic interests (here, in particular, the pesticide industry) in defense of public welfare. The film splits its time between a farmer impacted by pesticides, an activist lawyer, and an industry lobbyist. Perhaps it is the lack of a cathartic moment, but the pace suffers a bit and the film feels somewhat long. Gilles Lellouche gives a solid performance, mixing indignation with persistence as the very humane lawyer. Emmanuelle Bercot, as the farmer, is quietly dignified. Pierre Niney nails the portrait of the arrogant, almost hateful professional that is too good at his work. The film looks very slick, with the director of photography Renaud Chassaing’s nervous camera serving well the material. The same can be said of composer Christophe Lapinta’s and Tellier’s musical score.

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