Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But difficulties come to split their friendly group apart.
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Great, save the last scene. According to Michael Atkinson: "the film famously comes with two endings: one fatalistic and violent, the other upbeat and humming with solidarité." I saw the fatalistic & violent version, Duvivier's preferred, and think the director is overindulging his misanthropy. The ole happy ending may often be phony, but there are "dark" endings that ring false as well.