The Law (La Loi)


Monday, November 16
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: International House
Premiere Status: East Coast Premiere
Director: Christian Faure
Genre: Narrative
Country: France
Year: 2014
Running Time: 87 min
Language: French with English subtitles


Based on a true story, this riveting courtroom drama will have audiences on the edge of their seats through its closing credits.

In the fall of 1974, Simone Veil, the French health minister under President ValŽry Giscard d’Estaing, was charged with the thankless job of pushing for the passage of a law legalizing abortion in France. As portrayed by Emmanuelle Devos in a career-defining role, this taut political thriller follows Veil as she fights for justice on behalf of all French women during a harrowing three-day parliamentary debate. Against the objections of the opposition party, the Catholic Church, and even amongst some in her own party, Veil, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, refuses to back down. As the stakes are raised and Veil is forced to confront increasingly vile personal attacks, she intensifies her efforts to upend society’s dangerous misconceptions about abortion and a woman’s right to choose.

CLE credit available –

Special Guest: Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law; Abigail Wolf, M.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Residency Program Director, Thomas Jefferson University; Alain Luxembourg, PJFF screening committee member, Director Clinical Research at Merck & Co.

Sponsor: The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society

Community Partners: The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, International House, Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC), Women’s Medical Fund