Simultaneously, a retired couple overwhelmed by debt tries to win a dance contest, a minister is suspected of tax evasion and a teenage girl encounters a sexual maniac (while a young lawyer attempts to climb the social ladder). It is going to be a long night. A restless night.
“What I find interesting when you show debates in a film is to show the thesis, the antithesis, and to add caustic, that’s what makes it come alive. I don’t take sides either, cinematographically, so as not to become Manicheist and so that everyone can identify with the debate in question. My aim is not to make a leftist film, but to open up. I am trying to appeal to common sense, to the spirit of fairness, because we are living in a time when there are too many lies. But I could also talk about the ‘poor bastards’, no problem. In cinema, you have to avoid Manicheism at all costs, otherwise, one part of the audience closes up and the other adheres to it unreservedly.
ORANGES SANGUINES is political, but it doesn’t follow a certain political line. It shows a critical view of the French society, but the best tribute an artist can pay to his country is, to criticize it.”