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Cannes Review: ‘Our Men’

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Director Rachel Lang follows military couples in Our Men, an intriguing insight into French Foreign Legion life that closed the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight section.

Lang herself graduated as Lieutenant from the French army, and served in the Sahel desert in 2017, so it’s fair to say she has more knowledge of this world than many filmmakers.

The action flits between the women and the men in their camp, contrasting Legion life with the events of their partners’ lives.

The contrasts become especially pronounced when the men go on a dangerous tour to Mali. This shows the painful waiting game the women endure at home, but also the preparatory details of their lives, such as a bikini wax or a tattoo.

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