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Directed by Alice Winocour

Belgium, 2015

HOME, 30 March 2016


This fine French film – a tense, stylish thriller – is perhaps best seen as the cinematic equivalent of one of those wonderfully terse Dominique Manotti novels.

It has Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent, a soldier in between tours of Afghanistan, who takes a security gig protecting the wife and child of a dodgy arms dealer. At the start, we are given to understand that he may be damaged goods – the army might well not want him back – and in his security role he responds to threats that might be more apparent than real. Being at war, that is his constant state of mind, and it places a distance between him and other people. He is an hyper-attentive, ever vigilant guardian.

Gesaffelstein’s score is highly effective in conveying Vincent’s state of mind and well worth seeking out. It’s a suite of discordant, atmospheric, electronic music, very classy. There’s something of Sliver about the film and a neat, subtle homage to Blow-Up. So you can enjoy the filmic literacy of the director. On a deep level, mind, Discord is about the unbridgeable distance between any two people. This distance may arise from the experience of violence and threat, or for other reasons.