Jean Pelegri portrays his own father in the movie which deals with the situation of the Pieds Noirs (French settlers in North Africa ,particularly Algeria).
A man living in France comes back to his native Algeria to visit his dying father;the death of a father which is also the end of French Algeria.
As he walks around a land where there are soldiers everywhere,he remembers his childhood :his father who grew vines ,who owned a big farm and who loved the land .The little boy made friends with the young Arabs ,but he already felt ("the year begins after Christmas" )the cultural and religious differences ;When the father makes his laborers treat the vineyard with copper sulfate,one of them protests:"here lies a marabout's tomb".
The movie does not pass over in silence the man's exploitation of man ,as the last conversation between Jean and his Algerian friend shows.
This is a very accessible movie,in black and white,filmed on location,by an American director who studied at the french IDHEC (institute of superior cinematographic studies).Non professional actors.