Production: France 2011
Director: Robert Guédiguian
Screenplay: Robert Guédiguian
Cinematography: Pierre Milon
Running Time: 90 Mins
Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gérard Meylan
A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their consciences. “At a French shipyard, a trade unionist named Michel deliberately arranges to have himself on the dockworkers' randomly chosen downsizing list to spare another of his fellow workers. While he has his severance package and his friends and family's generosity to ease this sacrifice, this also gets his home invaded and robbed along with his wife and friends. Through pure luck, Michel finds out the identity of one of his assailants, a young worker who was on the same downsizing list himself, and gets him arrested. However, both Michel and his wife find that their vindictive satisfaction is soured by their realization of their assailant's motives and the larger consequences of their revenge. Struggling with their conscience, the couple finds themselves independently trying to live up to their ideals for a greater sense of justice”
Robert Jules Guédiguian was born on 3 December 1953 in Marseille. He is a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Guédiguian is the son of a German mother and an Armenian father. He first became concerned with political questions and for a while was involved with the French Communist Party. In 2008 he joined the Left Party.
His films are strongly marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille, and in particular L'Estaque, (north-west Marseille), for example in Marius et Jeannette. His latest film “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.