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Our Defeats

5.9
25
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Original title
Nos défaites
Year
Running time
100 min.
Country
France France
Director
Music
David Georgelin
Cinematography
Amine Berrada, Manon Fourneyron, Sophonie Ngokani Belkie
Cast
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Producer
Envie de Tempête Productions / Ville d'Ivry-sur-Seine
Genre
Documentary | Politics
Synopsis / Plot
In May and June 2018, Jean-Gabriel Périot collaborated with ten students in a film class at a high school in Ivry-sur-Seine on a project that unites cinema with politics. The students worked both in front of and behind the camera, restaging scenes of strikes, resistance, and labour disputes from films dating from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, including ones by Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Tanner. Nos défaites assembles the results, and adds interviews in which the director queries the students about the scenes they’ve just acted in, about such concepts as “class,” “labour union,” and “political engagement,” about wider social contexts. It’s a simple, yet trenchant setup, affording viewers a glimpse of how a younger generation sees politics and the political cinema of the past. The film also documents the director’s attempts to stir up the students. The conversations vary between encounters in which director and students seem on an equal footing, based on more teacher-like questioning by the never-visible director, and contemplations of revolution in the here and now: the performance of an uprising follows reflection upon the same. Could this lead to one happening for real?
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