I’ve been fortunate with my documentary choices lately. L’ordre et la morale (Rebellion), a drama based on actual events, is another one worth recommending.
A man struggles to defuse an explosive situation with tragic results in this drama based on actual events. After a band of Kanak separatists under the leadership of Alphonse Dianou seize a police station on Ouvea Island, part of the French colony of New Caledonia, twenty-six officers are taken hostage and three are killed. Mitterand assigns counter-terrorism expert Capt. Philippe Legorjus to deal with the situation, but while Legorjus and his associates attempt to negotiate for the freedom on the policemen, Chirac makes headlines by demanding that military force be used to take back the hostages.