A Violent Life

France – 2017 – 107 min – Color – Scope – 5.1 – Not Rated – Drama

In French with English Subtitles


Thierry de Peretti’s second feature — which premiered as a special screening in Cannes Critics Week—  focuses on the violent nationalist struggle that wracked his native island, Corsica throughout the 1990s. In this climate, Stéphane goes to Paris, fleeing from his past in those conflicts. The death of a former comrade brings back memories of how in the ‘90s he went from being a middle class youth with aspirations to becoming radicalized and turning his life into a constant persecution. He has to decide whether to go to the funeral or not, a dilemma that could cost him his life
Between Gomorra and The Godfather, A VIOLENT LIFE is a chilling portrait of a young man’s rise and fall—  caught between militant groups wars, resulting in dozens of deaths and a major police crackdown and set in the very unique social and cultural climate of Corsica — a land that has one foot stuck in Italy, another in France, and a heart deeply embedded in its own folkloric history.

Directed by

Thierry de Peretti


Jean Michelangeli, Henri-Noël Tabary, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Pierre Nouveau, Délia Sepulcre-Nativi, Dominique Colombani, Paul Garatte, Jean-Étienne Brat, Anaïs Lechiara


Director Thierry de Peretti Screenplay and Dialogues Thierry de Peretti, Guillaume Bréaud Cinematography Claire Mathon (A.F.C)

Producers Frédéric Jouve, Marie Lecoq (LES FILMS VELVET)


“A Violent Life,” a complex, intense and physical tale of crime and punishment.” – Variety

“De Peretti certainly deserves credit for bringing so much local flavor to the table, capturing the essence of a place that, while technically part of France and only a 90-minute flight from Paris, often feels like a distant land.”— Hollywood Reporter
“Powerful sense of place, aided by fine period details and an ever-simmering sense of dread.” — Screen Daily



Cannes’ Critics Week – Special Screening

Film by the sea, Netherland

Reykjavik Intl Film festival

44th edition of the Film Fest Gent, Belgium

Ulaanbaatar IFF, Mongolia

Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo



12/6/17 12/7/17 AFI Silver Theatre Silver Spring, MD
3/28/18 4/8/18 ND/NF Festival
New York
4/4/18 4/15/18 Cleveland International Film Festival Cleveland, OH

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