MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (2009)

A film by Stéphane Brizé

Cast:  Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain, Aure Atika 

Jean is a good person: a good mason, a good son, a good father and a good husband. And in his daily life, between family and work, he crosses the path of Mademoiselle Chambon, the teacher of his son. He is a man of few words, she comes from a different world. They will be overwhelmed by the feelings that they have for each other.

Mademoiselle Chambon uses the language of love , canvas, and architecture . Vincent Lindon ( Jean) is a family man who has a wife and remodels old houses, he is a builder who loves his job and his family. He meet a substitute teacher Mademoiselle Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain) who’s life is lonely due to the fact she moves from town to town. The narrative here is about moods, lust, love , and feelings. Stéphane Brizé has adapted Eric Holder’s novel with such a perfect timing. It is about the body language combine with arts and music which both are interested. The two actors is are awesome with great chemistry in playing with their feeling and body language talking and listening to some music. Here is a perfect romantic film done softly with some great classical music.

EN GUERRE (2018)

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A film by Stéphane Brizé

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie

English title: At war

In spite of heavy financial sacrifices on the part of the employees and a record profit of their company, the management of the factory Perrin industries nevertheless decides the total closure of the site. Agreement scorned, promises not respected, the 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amedeo (Vincent Lindon), refuse this brutal decision and will try everything to save their jobs.

Magnificent fiction that feels like a documentary, La loi du Marché  appears today as the first film of a fierce social diptych where Stéphane Brizé and Vincent Lindon, director and committed actor, set themselves against the world of large companies, destined to grind its production in the ultimate quest for profit. From another angle, the trade union struggle, En Guerre shows the fight, that feels like a documentary, especially in the texture of the image, the choice of the camera on the shoulder, and the impressive game of amateur actors who live the fight. It feels like the fiction is real with the tv channels who report the news. This film will talk to people who has lived it. Here in France there are at least 115 strike a years we have one here now with the train company SNCF. Here the employees are pissed and strike to halt production. They demand to talk to the CEO. Yes it is like that in France I have seen it many times so the film feels like it is real at times due to the fact that there are few professional actors,  the others are amateur actors and everybody here has done a formidable job. Is the film inappropriate? On the contrary, does it fall to the point where the social struggle has never been so tense during the first year as President of Emmanuel Macron? Is it the confession of a lost cause?

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En guerre is above all a complex film, behind a simplicity of feigned point of view. You see the fight with the mediators even between employees who are fed up with all this. Sometimes it goes on for months. Not a pretty thing here but a script well written again from the director Stéphane Brizé. A different view of the social struggle here without repeating himself. And yes it is presented at the Cannes film Festival.

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LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (2015)

La loi du marché (2015)

A film by Stéphane Brizé

Cast: Vincent Lindon Yves Ory, Karine De Mirbeck

English title: Measure of a man

At 51, after 20 months of unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that puts him soon face to a moral dilemma. To keep his job, can he accept everything?

This film provides an insight of a man who lost his job and is trying to get back on the horse after 20 month being unemployed. It has a documentary feel to it. Thierry (Vincent Lindon) who is laid off factory worker comes back from a course teaching him to operate a crane, only to find no one will give him a job if he doesn’t already have on site experience. He calmly express his frustration to the counselor at the employment office criticizing them for not telling the others who attended  the course that it would be effectively useless for them. The scene plays out in full going back and forth with the counselor only to offer him a job in  warehouse. The scene starts the style of the film here. It moves at a slow pace. It is the story of a quiet man with his own sense of dignity, which, despite his situation, he is never going to sacrifice. You see him to his every day life, He is married and has a son who has autism who goes to college, he is a bright young man. Thierry goes to dance class with his wife. He finally gets a job as a security agent at a supermarket where he caught thieves who are like him trying to made ends meet as a results they steals, there you see that it is going to make him uncomfortable. Brizé’s film is grounded in the social realism like the film of the Dardennes’s brothers of even Ken Loach. It is a melodrama, no anger management here, no I hate the world just a man who is trying to find a job, to have a purpose in life, to live his life, and not to give in even of time of desperation.

La loi du marché (2015)

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