The Law

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About The Film

The art of legislative deal-making becomes riveting political drama in THE LAW, the true story of France’s tenacious health minister and her groundbreaking struggle to legalize abortion.

César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos delivers a smoldering performance as Simone Veil, the French lawyer and politician who survived the Holocaust to emerge as a champion of women’s rights. Appointed health minister in 1974 by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (Michaël Cohen), she faces strong opposition from the Catholic Church and her own factionalized party in pushing landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in France and end dangerous back-alley procedures. With just a few days to debate the issue before a final vote, anti-abortion activists launch a craven campaign of stinging personal and anti-Semitic attacks. As the unflappable Veil and her allies maneuver around the religious and moral minefields, events are closely chronicled by a crusading photo-journalist (Flore Bonaventura) who is waging her own feminist fight for recognition.

Portending the emotionally charged battle over reproductive rights that continues to this day, THE LAW unspools backroom negotiations and parliamentarian maneuverings with briskly-paced direction and stylish production design.

Film Details

Running Time 
90 minutes
Southeast Premiere