Our Struggles

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Our Struggles (Nos batailles)

Directed by Guillaume Senez

  • Belgium, France 2018; 98 min
  • Original version: French
    • Cinevox Award – Belgian Feature Film Special Mention - Francophone de Namur IFF
    • Best Screenplay, Jury Award - Torino FF
    • Best Film, Best Director - Magritte Awards

Press Quotes

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.


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.


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

Les Inrocks

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


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


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

Guy Lodge, Variety


Review: Our Struggles

Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa

'Our Struggles' ('Nos batailles'): Film Review | Cannes 2018

Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Review: ‘Our Struggles’

Guy Lodge, Variety