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7.6
/10
98 Ratings

That Old Dream That Moves

Ce vieux rêve qui bouge

Directed by Alain Guiraudie
France, 2001
Drama, LGBT+, Comedy

Synopsis

In a factory that is about to be shot down and in which only a handful of workers remain, a young technician is just finishing the dismantling of one last machine. There are some strange goings-on in this factory.

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That Old Dream That Moves Directed by Alain Guiraudie
For Alain Guiraudie, the director of this 2001 featurette, the world of physical labor is a man’s world; the bluff nudity of the locker room vibrates with erotic tension, and the strenuous exertions in enforced close proximity emit hormonal shock waves. With poised and incisive images, the director finds the energizing fault lines in the loam of local culture and melds hulking industrial strength with the luminous enticements of the landscape.
January 20, 2014
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The film’s brooding homoeroticism subverts its apparent status as a realistic drama of labor relations. The mise en scène is haunting: vast, empty industrial hangars and theatrically staged scenes like the break-time tableau in which the workers sit relaxing under sunshades… The film is political in its theme of making room for love in the field of work, but it manifestly inhabits a different universe from the French workspace dramas of realists like Laurent Cantet.
January 07, 2014
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The gay-themed twist is striking for how it naturally bubbles up to the surface, and resolves in an unforced and gently open direction. Jacques takes his relationships on with little baggage, ever the young man on the go from job to job, and the freedom he represents for men with no prospects becomes one of the film’s several powerful and resonant themes.
February 24, 2002
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