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Nicolas Roulet is released from prison after 15 years of detention and he sincerely wants to rebuild his life: looking for a job and starting a family. In jail, he took refuge in himself, ... See full summary »

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Luc Jabon

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Luc Jabon, Matthieu Reynaert (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Sophie Maréchal ... Sophie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caty Baccega Caty Baccega ... Patricia
Aude-Laurence Clermont Biver Aude-Laurence Clermont Biver ... Jennifer
Gabriel Boisante Gabriel Boisante ... Marc
Christian Crahay Christian Crahay ... Jean-Claude Verhasselt
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Eric
Joël Delsaut Joël Delsaut ... John
Romain Gelin Romain Gelin ... Alexandre
Fabio Godinho Fabio Godinho ... Eloi
Marina C. Jaeger Marina C. Jaeger ... Une fille au bar
Denis Jousselin Denis Jousselin ... Le gardien âgé
Circé Lethem ... La policière au commissiarat
Hana Sofia Lopes ... Lucie
Marco Lorenzini Marco Lorenzini ... Van Der Meulen
Arthur Marbaix Arthur Marbaix ... Le premier meneur jeune au squat
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Nicolas Roulet is released from prison after 15 years of detention and he sincerely wants to rebuild his life: looking for a job and starting a family. In jail, he took refuge in himself, cutting off from everything. This withdrawal has left its mark, Nicolas remains fragile. Thanks to his friend John, he finds a job as an unpacker in a cardboard factory, and meets there Nadia, the secretary. It is love at first sight. But Nicolas remains captivated by the forever enigmatic link between our sharpest individuality and these collective commitments with which we exist through others. The encounter with the group of young people, his relationship with two homeless people, his view of the contemporary world, all of that will wake up the rebellious side the thought was buried: his rejection of injustice, his desire to be supportive. He soon finds himself torn. Written by Iris Group

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A reflection on revolution and violence
17 May 2020 | by johnpierrepatrickSee all my reviews

Luc Jabon tells in this movie the story of a man, Nicolas Roulet, who discovers the world again after 18 years in jail, for a revolutionary action that costed one life. We follow his steps in this world he almost forgot and how he reconnects with people, whether old comrades, family or new ones. If some of the action progress seems a bit too easy, I think that part is pretty solid and shows the difficulties to reconnect, all the more when you were fighting for a different world. It also show, with a kind point of view, the poverty stricken, homeless, lost.

On top of that, the aim of this movie is clearly to question activism and revolutionary violence: can activism only be expressed through action? And can that action be non-violent, or is revolution always violent out of necessity? However, it only show one side of the possibilities. Indeed, if Nicolas is haunted by the death he is responsible, we only see activist with the same conviction action is necessary. If the targets change, if we have one scene showing that Nicolas' dream of Albania proved quite wrong, the movie does not tackle the why: how a squat community shifts to actions? what are they standing for? Message of the movie is weakened in my opinion due to that.


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Luxembourg | Belgium

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7 September 2016 (Belgium) See more »

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