Our Struggles

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    Our Struggles

    Nos batailles

    Directed by

    Belgium, France

    2018

    98 min

    • French

    Olivier does the best he can to fight injustice at work. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle between the children’s needs, life’s daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance. Because Laura’s not coming back.

    Awards

    • Cinevox Award – Belgian Feature Film Special Mention - Francophone de Namur IFF
    • Best Screenplay, Jury Award - Torino FF
    • Best Film, Best Director - Magritte Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Romain Duris
    Laure Calamy
    Laetitia Dosch
    Lucie Debay
    Basile Grunberger
    Lena Girard Voss
    Dominique Valadié
    Screenplay
    Guillaume Senez
    Raphaëlle Desplechin
    Cinematography
    Elin Kirschfink
    Editing
    Julie Brenta
    Production
    IOTA PRODUCTION
    Sales
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    Press

    One of Our Struggles’ successes lies in its approach to absence. How do you talk about desertion, without condemning the deserter? How do you go about imagining, without necessarily explaining, the distress of a resigned mother?

    Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa

    With its masterful modesty and sensitivity, Our Struggles very quietly became one of the 71st Cannes Film Festival’s loveliest surprises.

    Les Echos

    A nimble and mysterious film with Roman Duris at his best.

    Les Inrocks

    Very few films successfully balance private and public spheres of people’s lives. This is a chronicle of a family shaken to the core, but also of the solidarity and violence of life within the corporate world.

    Télérama

    A sharp portrayal of modern times in the era of globalization, dehumanization, and burn out, depicting the hyper-active pace required to deliver ever-higher performances and constantly provide immediate satisfaction. 'Our Struggles' is an ode to humanity.

    Bande à part

    On paper, we were skeptical that this would be yet another social film whose well-treaded path we’d seen before. But Belgium filmmaker Guillaume Senez’s (“Keeper”) talent is confirmed with this portrait of Olivier, father and unionist, who has to learn how to live without his wife and take full responsibility of his two children. The writing is truly beautiful, sensitive and strong, with tremendous supporting roles.

    Paris Match

    This is the kind of cinema that doesn’t pretend, that recreates reality for the love of people, offering them a setting where all of their humanity can express itself.

    Cinemateaser

    A nimble and mysterious film with Roman Duris at his best.

    Les Inrocks

    Our Struggles brilliantly orchestrates the relationships among family, parents and friends.

    Cinemateaser

    The result is a film that rings particularly true and is instilled with emotion in every scene.

    Marianne

    Guillaume Senez's follow-up to his acclaimed debut 'Keeper' is another intimate, thoughtful portrait of a family in quiet crisis.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Guillaume Senez

    Guillaume Senez

    Belgium

    Guillaume Senez was born in Brussels in 1978. He has written and directed several short films selected for a number of festivals. His first feature film, KEEPER, released in 2016, was chosen for more than 70 festivals, including Toronto IFF, Locarno Festival and Angers FF, and received over twenty awards. In 2018, his second feature OUR STRUGGLES, had a special screening for the 57th Semaine de la Critique.

    Selected Filmography