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 jobs.
- Cannes Competition
- FIPRESCI Award - Palić FF
- Vincent Lindon
- NORD-OUEST FILMS
- MK2 FILMS
A story worth telling, well told, the aptly named At War takes a wrenchingly intimate look at hundreds of French factory workers fighting to keep their jobs, with solidarity and conviction as their main weapons against cavalier corporate overlords. Ripped from the headlines, keenly researched and carefully crafted, this fictional tale has near-universal resonance. Although every word is scripted and every camera move pre-planned, the impression is of authentic situations springing spontaneously to life.
Another stellar Vincent Lindon performance, [who] adds another rivetingly real characterization to his muscular everyman repertoire. Cinematographer Éric Dumont’s handheld, impeccably vérité images exercise a kind of cinematic socialism. At War gives Lindon another opportunity to wear the undersung virtue of ordinary, rough-hewn decency the way a superhero might wear a cape.
Vincent Lindon in a potent lead performance. Feels closer to Ken Loach or to early Paul Greengrass, depicting the plight of laborers with a gripping, handheld verve. At War feels much closer to documentary than fiction — and the movie itself less like a workplace drama than the chronicle of a soldier in the heat of battle.
What I'm interested in is realism. If you take things head-on in this world, there's no Manichaean good and bad.
Stéphane Brizé was born on 18 October 1966 in Rennes, France. He attended a University Institutes of Technology and moved to Paris, where he started his career in theater and television, before moving on to short films and feature films. His 2015 film THE MEASURE OF A MAN was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes IFF. His 2016 film A WOMAN'S LIFE was selected for the 2017 edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival.