A true story as unfair as it is overwhelming, carried by an inhabited Tahar Rahim: it is the shock film “Designated Guilty”, in theaters this week and acclaimed by the members of the Club 300 AlloCiné discovered it in preview.
What is it about ?
Designated Guilty of Kevin Macdonald
Cinema release July 14, 2021
The true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian that his country delivered to the United States then in full terrorist paranoia following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The man spent years in prison without charge or trial. He regained his freedom in October 2016. From Les Carnets de Guantanamo by Mohamedou Ould Slahi.
Why did the Rédac ‘choose this film?
Named guilty, that’s a true story. That of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian that his government gave to the United States, a few days after the attacks of September 11, to buy social peace, thus condemning him to many years of imprisonment in Guantanamo without knowing the consequences. real reasons. An astonishing story that Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) stages by avoiding the traps of the film-thesis, by insisting as much on the notion of justice as on the humanity of his character.
The latter is played by Tahar Rahim, in one of his best roles. Appointed to the Golden Globes and then to the BAFTAs, and surrounded by Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch or Shailene Woodley, the actor is narrowly impressive, especially when he manages to capture the goodness that there is in the eyes of the real Mohamedou. Astonishing, revolting, captivating, Designated Guilty is not to be missed. And very relevant, while Joe Biden promises, like Barack Obama before him, to close Guantanamo.
What is Club 300?
As powerful as the Avengers team and as prestigious as Le Cercle des Poètes Disparus, AlloCiné brings together its most active members within its famous Club 300 AlloCiné ! Each month, we reveal to Club members several preview films and series for which they express an opinion at the end of the screening.
Their votes, from “excellent” to “very little for me” thus determine whether the film or series they have seen has obtained the Club 300AIME label. Passionate about cinema and series, experts, bloggers or influencers, the members of Club 300 AlloCiné constitute a strong relay of opinion to spectators and the entire profession.
What does the Club 300 AlloCiné think?
- Excellent: 83%
- Good: 15%
- Not so bad: 2%
- Very little for me: 0%
Results based on 76 votes
“Designated Guilty fascinates as much as it stuns. We are caught in this preparation for this future trial, the difficulties generated to defend a man who has been deprived of his rights. Some scenes are very hard to watch but necessary to understand what Mohamedou went through.“
“Designated Guilty is the kind of film that we see and come out of growing up. Faced with the horror of reality, we have a touching Mohamedou Ould Slahi who does not hold a grudge reminiscent of Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. A real lesson in life.“
“With a masterful performance by Frenchie Tahar Rahim,” The Mauritanian “bluntly denounces a dark side of American history at the start of the 21st century.”
“A big casting for a crazy story. 779 prisoners for, in the end, only condemn 4. An edifying testimony effectively portrayed.”
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“The film declines several religions – the Islam of Mohamedou, the Protestantism of Stuart, the atheism of Nancy – to better confront them with American patriotism and reveal the shared values, the values that a militarist and paranoid ideology exploits or annihilates . “