Hard to review. Could use more context to explain the strife in France, but a fascinating, if not dry, philosophical look at the totalitarian function of police in modern democracy. Interspersed with some real brutal, visceral scenes from the streets.
“There are three kinds of violence. The first, mother of all others, is institutional violence. It legalizes and perpetuates domination, oppression and exploitation. It crushes and eliminates millions of people in its silent and well-oiled cogs.
The second is revolutionary violence, which is born of the will to abolish the first.
The third is repressive violence, which stifles the second by making itself the helper and accomplice of the first violence, the one that causes all the others.
There is no worse hypocrisy than only calling the second one “violence,” while pretending the first one, that gives it life, and the third one, that kills it.”