Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber | Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
Robert Guédiguian, great champion of social causes, worked with his loyal actors (Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin) to create his latest opus, set in his hometown of Marseille. Comparisons are bound to be made with his trailblazing MARIUS AND JEANNETTE (CINEMANIA, 1998) and THE TOWN IS QUIET (CINEMANIA, 2001). It’s a heartwarming portrait of working class life in contemporary France.
Even after he's lost his job, Michel still lives a happy life with his partner of 30 years, Marie-Claire. They are surrounded by children and grandchildren. They have fought the good fight in union organizing and in support of left-wing political causes. It's time to enjoy new projects and linger together on their small patio in the Mediterranean sun. But this reverie is brutally interrupted when two young masked hoodlums pistol-whip them one night, tie them up and steal credit cards, cash, and even their gold wedding bands. The first casualty of this aggression is their planned trip-of-a-lifetime financed by a gift of cash (now stolen) from family and friends - a travel adventure to Tanzania and the mythical snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Michel and Marie-Claire are soon even more dismayed to learn that one of the hold-up men is a fellow union member laid off with Michel...
Guédiguian's timing is again exquisite, as his discourse revolves around globalization, unemployment, assorted social causes and the economic challenges of the European welfare states. Yet he manages to create an air of family values unique in filmmaking today.
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