Rated M. French with English subtitles. Director: Abdellatif Kechiche.
This will be a good film to go out afterwards for a drink, something to eat and a chat, as the reviews are disparate and the conclusion ambiguous – which will only add to the liveliness of our discussions! See you next year ...
**** Margaret Pomeranz ABC's 'At the Movies'. David Stratton didn't agree ...
7.5/10 International Movie Database - 1,075 votes
**** Phillipa Hawker, The Age
“This rewarding yet heartbreaking film explores a story of family and
“The conclusion … is ambiguous, but its emotional impact
is direct and painful.”
Winner 2007 Cesar Awards (French Academy) Best Picture
"French director Adbellatif Kechiche’s film about the lives
of a North African Arab family in France is distinguished by Habib Boufares’s /deeply affecting performance as a retrenched dock worker seeking a new life in business. " *** by Evan Williams, The Weekend Australian
"At the port of Sète Mr. Slimani, a tired sixty year old, drags himself towards a shipyard job which has become more and more difficult to
cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the scissions and tensions which are easily sparked off and which financial difficulties make even more intense. He is going through a delicate period in his life and recently, everything seems to make him feel useless; a failure. He wants to escape from it all and set up his own restaurant. However it appears to be an unreachable dream given his meagre, irregular salary which is not anywhere near enough to supply what he needs to realise his ambition. But he can still dream and talk about it with his family in particular. A family which gradually recompacts around this project which comes to symbolise the means to a better life. Thanks to their ingeniousness and hard work this dream soon becomes a reality... Or almost...: Written by Venice Film Festival