|BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS. Rebellion is an account of a real-life hostage drama. When a group of separatist rebels in Frances South Pacific territory of New Caledonia seize 30 gendarmes in 1988, specialist negotiator Philippe Legorjus, is called in at the head of a seven-man GIGN unit to defuse the crisis. He and his men are in turn taken hostage but he is soon released to allow him to serve as mediator between the army chiefs who are planning an assault and the rebel leader Alphonse Dianou. With a presidential election battle between Francois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac raging back in France, the fate of the hostages and their captors become a chance for political point-scoring.