Alain tests video games. He's married, his wife Pascale loves him, and they have a spirited young daughter. But he's unhappy and wants a change, to what he's not sure. He quits. A job ... See full summary »
Alain tests video games. He's married, his wife Pascale loves him, and they have a spirited young daughter. But he's unhappy and wants a change, to what he's not sure. He quits. A job counselor suggests a training program operating bulldozers. They have casual sex; Pascale is unhappy with Alain's unfaithfulness. Alain enrolls in the training program: it's 18 weeks long and some distance from Paris, so he is home only on weekends. (He's a natural at operating bulldozers.) As his relationship with Pascale deteriorates, Alain befriends Manu, a young trainee who loves all things about bulldozers but is hopelessly inept at operating them. This friendship takes hold of Alain. Written by
I saw this movie in 2000 and it left an impression that has stayed with me ever since. As mentioned in the review, it's about a man shedding the shackles of his successful life, and trying to find some meaning in his life. The movie chronicles the struggles, friendships and confusion of men with rare insight, without being overly sentimental. The images I especially loved were those of the big machines that they are learning to operate-- the filmmaker gives them a graceful ballet-like quality, and you see that the operation and love of these machines has more to do with beauty than you might realize. As a woman, I never really understood the fascination men have with big cranes and bulldozers, but this movie opened my eyes in a way I will never forget. I loved this movie and wish so much that it was on DVD so I could share it with my friends.
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