The Stopover (Voir du pays) directed by Delphine and Muriel Coulin (France/Greece, 2016, 102 min.).
Ariane Labed (The Lobster, Dogtooth) and indie rocker Soko (The Dancer) deliver stunning performances as Marine and Aurore, two French soldiers who just finished a harrowing tour of duty in Afghanistan. To help them work through the emotional trauma of combat, their entire squad is sent to an opulent Cyprus resort for a mandatory decompression period, but they find the plush hotel to be more disorienting than therapeutic. Aided by virtual reality headsets, they are asked to relive the traumatic missions that resulted in the deaths of close friends. The exercise stirs up resentment between the female leads, and misogynistic hostility in the male troops. The second film from sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin (17 Girls), The Stopover explores the inner lives of two women as they navigate a patriarchal institution. It won the prize for Best Screenplay in the Un Curtain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.
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