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At War

Stéphane Brizé
En guerre
France 2018 / 113’
Ash Is Purest White Birds of Passage

Vincent Lindon strikes back. This time, Stéphane Brizé's favorite actor (The Measure of a Man) plays the part of a worker at an auto-parts factory who organizes a protest against the planned closure of the factory, which is an important employer in the local community. This results in a battle with the company's management, with the livelihoods of 1,100 employees at stake. Will the workers maintain solidarity in their hardline stance? Will Laurent prove to be a leader who can unite everyone around him to join the fight? Brizé takes his raw, quasi-documuntary style to the extreme, creating a nearly two-hour-long social epic about hopeless resistance to Big Capital. From the opening minutes, we're thrown into the stormy discussions of trade unionists, protest actions and the vortex of ongoing political strategies. His attention to the authenticity of scenes and conversations goes hand in hand with his extraordinary dramatic nerve: the pace is so fast that Brizé manages to cram 20 percent more narrative into his film than a typical movie of the same length.

Sebastian Smoliński

Stéphane Brizé

Born in Rennes in 1966, Antonio Campos is a director, screenwriter and producer. He studied at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Rennes, then moved to Paris and began his career in theater and television before he started making films. His The Measure of a Man (2015) received a best actor award (Vincent Lindon) in the Main Competition at Cannes.

Selected filmography

1993 Bleu dommage (short)

2012 Kilka godzin wiosny / Quelques heures de printemps / A Few Hours of Spring

2015 Miara człowieka / La loi du marché / The Measure of a Man

2016 Historia pewnego życia / Une vie / A Woman's Life

2018 Na wojnie / En guerre / At War

Cast & Crew

director Stéphane Brizé
screenplay Stéphane Brizé, Olivier Gorce
cinematography Eric Dumont
editing Anne Klotz
music Bertrand Blessing
cast Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie, David Rey, Olivier Lemaire, Isabelle Rufin, Bruno Bourthol
producer Philip Boëffard, Christophe Rossignon
production Nord-Ouest Films, France 3 Cinéma
language French
colouration colour