Despite losing his job, Michel lives happily with Marie-Claire. They have been in love for more than thirty years …Their children and grandchildren delight them… They have plenty of close friends…They are proud of their union and political struggles… Their conscience is as clear as their view of life.
This happiness will be shattered along with their French window by two young men, armed and masked, who beat them, tie them up, snatch their wedding rings and flee with their credit cards…
The shock will be all the more violent when they discover that this brutal attack was organized by one of the young workers laid off at the same time as Michel, by one of their own people.
Michel and Marie-Claire gradually discover that their attacker, Christophe, only did what he did because he had no choice. He lives alone with his two younger brothers and takes very good care of them, keeping a close eye on their education and their health. –Cannes Film Festival
Robert Jules Guédiguian (born 3 December 1953 in Marseille) is a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Most of his films star Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
Guédiguian is the son of a German mother and an Armenian father. He evokes his paternal roots in his 2006 film Le Voyage en Armenie. He has a working class background – his father a worker on the Marseille docks. He early became concerned with political questions and for a while was involved with the French Communist Party. In 2008 he joined the Left Party.
Like Marcel Pagnol and René Allio before him, he anchors his films in social reality, flirting with militancy. His films are strongly marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille, and in particular L’Estaque, (north-west Marseille), for example in Marius et Jeannette. His latest film The Snows of Kilimanjaro premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. —Wikipedia
While the movie has its flaws, it's touching and enjoyable. The wonderful light of the southern French sunshine is just incredible and adds to the warmth... I want to move there and peel onions in the morning on the veranda while my wife says merde complaining about it sipping coffee from a bowl :) Quite a few authentic "French" moments, lovely.
This year’s edition includes Rendez-Vous +, “a potpourri of recent French documentaries and rarely screened classics.”