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At War Dir. Stéphane Brizé

  • France
  • 113 mins
  • 2018
  • Drama
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Main Cast: Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie

This is a forceful, timely and extremely provocative film from Stéphane Brizé which charts the human cost of a group of workers trying to keep their jobs in the face of modern capitalism. Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their employment. As the stakes rise, so do the problems and the harsh realities of working in the manufacturing industry in today’s free-market world come into full focus. At its centre is yet another extraordinary performance from Vincent London, and the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year: “The reaction in Cannes’ largest cinema hall was overwhelming; no film has received such an ovation for a long time” — Die Welt

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