This Is Our Land (French: Chez nous) is a 2017 French-Belgian drama film directed by Lucas Belvaux and starring Émilie Dequenne, André Dussollier and Guillaume Gouix. It received seven nominations at the 8th Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Belvaux, and won Best Actress for Dequenne.[3]

This Is Our Land
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLucas Belvaux
Produced byDavid Frenkel
Patrick Quinet
Screenplay byLucas Belvaux
Jérôme Leroy
StarringÉmilie Dequenne
André Dussollier
Guillaume Gouix
Catherine Jacob
Anne Marivin
Music byFrédéric Vercheval
CinematographyPierric Gantelmi d'Ille
Edited byLudo Troch
Artémis Productions
France 3 Cinéma
Distributed byLe Pacte
Release date
  • 30 January 2017 (2017-01-30) (IFFR)
  • 22 February 2017 (2017-02-22) (France)
Running time
117 minutes
Budget$6.2 million[1]
Box office$3 million[2]


The story of a liberal nurse who finds herself as the number-one candidate of a populist party in a fictional town's upcoming local election. She doesn’t really have any conviction and lets herself get pushed around. This affects her relationships with her family, friends and patients.


Émilie Dequenne (center), Lucas Belvaux (to her left) and crew at the IFFR 2017


Filming began on 10 May 2016 in Nord-Pas-de-Calais in Lens, Béthune, Hersin-Coupigny and Bruay-la-Buissière and was expected to complete on 4 July.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 75%, based on 12 reviews, and an average rating of 6.2/10.[11] <On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]


The film was slated to be released two months before the first round of the 2017 presidential elections in France and directly targets the National Front. The character of Catherine Jacob is said to strongly resemble Marine Le Pen and members of the political party saw the film as an affront. Steeve Briois, the FN mayor of Hénin-Beaumont, tweeted: "Poor Marine Le Pen, which is caricatured by this tobacco pot of Catherine Jacob. A damn turnip in perspective!"[13] Florian Philippot, another member of the FN declared: "According to the trailer that I saw [...], it looks like a nice turnip, but, beyond the quality of the film, I find it really scandalous that in the countryside Presidential election, I believe precisely to two months of the vote, we allow in French screening rooms a film that is clearly anti-National Front. [...] It disturbs me on behalf of Catherine Jacob. I was a fan of Catherine Jacob. There, I love her very much, but for me she is spoiled. Why? For some money, for a César, for a little chocolate medal that will be given, for service rendered to the system ?"[14][15][16]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Istanbul International Film Festival Golden Tulip Nominated
Magritte Awards[3] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Lucas Belvaux Nominated
Best Actress Émilie Dequenne Won
Best Supporting Actor Patrick Descamps Nominated
Best Screenplay Lucas Belvaux Nominated
Best Original Score Frédéric Vercheval Nominated
Best Editing Ludo Troch Nominated
Rotterdam International Film Festival Big Screen Award Nominated


  1. ^ JP. "Chez Nous". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Chez Nous". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Belga (February 3, 2018). "Cérémonie des Magritte: Carton plein pour "Insyriated", élu meilleur film, qui remporte 6 distinctions". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Ferracci, Michel [@michel_ferracci] (8 May 2016). "On commence le tournage mardi avec Émilie Dequenne 😜 #cheznous #lucasbelvaux #guillaumegouix #andredussolier ..." (Tweet). Retrieved 17 April 2018 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Destouches, Thomas (5 April 2016). "Lucas Belvaux retrouve Emilie Dequenne pour Chez nous". AlloCine. Webedia. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ Capitaine, Vincent (7 May 2016). "Emilie Dequenne élue d'extrême-droite dans le prochain film sulfureux de Lucas Belvaux". Destination Ciné. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ La Voix du Nord (23 March 2016). "Le cinéaste Lucas Belvaux s'intéresse à l'extrême droite… chez nous". La Voix du Nord. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (10 May 2016). "La Pacte Boards Lucas Belvaux's Political Drama 'This Is Our Land' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ La Voix du Nord (11 May 2016). "Béthunois: le tournage du dernier film de Lucas Belvaux arrive à Hersin, puis à Bruay vendredi". La Voix du Nord. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  10. ^ Seghi, Patrick (6 June 2016). "Lille : Lucas Belvaux tourne une scène de son prochain film au Grand Sud". La Voix du Nord. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  11. ^ "This Is Our Land (Chez nous) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "This Is Our Land Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Tesse, Marine (31 December 2016). "Catherine Jacob pour incarner Marine Le Pen ? Ça ne plaît pas à tout le monde..." La Chaîne Info. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  14. ^ Réaux, Amandine (31 December 2016). "Plusieurs cadres FN s'insurgent contre "Chez nous", un film qu'ils jugent "anti-FN" (sans l'avoir vu)". Le Lab. Europe 1. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  15. ^ DR (1 January 2016). "Le FN vent debout contre le film "Chez nous", bientôt en salles". Le Parisien. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. ^ Duchemin, Rémi (1 January 2017). "Philippot : le film de Lucas Belvaux "est proprement scandaleux"". Europe 1. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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