Screened at 2021 Cannes at the midnight slot, Bloody Oranges is an entertaining outlook into the cynicism of mankind, shocking audiences like a true midnight movie as its characters reach abysmal lows–bodily and spiritually. A retired couple overwhelmed by debt tries to win a dance contest, the minister of economy is suspected of tax evasion, a teenage girl encounters a sexual maniac, a young lawyer attempts to climb the social ladder. “Bloody oranges are the characters, they are us, French people,” says Meurisse, whose debut Apnée was screened at the Istanbul Film Festival within the Antidepressant section.

Scenes depicting sexuality/violence in this film might be disturbing for some viewers.