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At War (En Guerre): French Workers Fight to Save Jobs

After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs, the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent takes the lead in a fight against this decision.

Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their jobs.

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The film premiered at Cannes last year and was also a FRIPESCI prize winner – you may have heard/read about it and how Brize and Lindon bring to pulsing life, the experience of the worker versus corporations.

“Another stellar Vincent Lindon performance, [who] adds another rivetingly real characterization to his muscular everyman repertoire. Cinematographer Éric Dumont’s handheld, impeccably vérité images exercise a kind of cinematic socialism. At War gives Lindon another opportunity to wear the undersung virtue of ordinary, rough-hewn decency the way a superhero might wear a cape.” - Jessica Kiang, Variety


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