Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »
Three intertwined tales. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest. After the war he uses it to start a utopian society by ... See full summary »
Reinette and Mirabelle are two young girls. Reinette lives in the countryside, Mirabelle in Paris. They meet during a holiday of Mirabelle in the country, when Reinette helps her to repair ... See full summary »
Agnes leaves school and moves into a council house in Bagnolet with her friend Florence. She take a job as an office clerk, and becomes a staff representative after a colleague is dismissed for resisting the advances of her lecherous superior...
As a protégé of New Wave giant Eric Rohmer, Jean-Claude Brisseau sought, from the very beginning of his career, to explore sociocultural issues in a head-on, unflinching manner that never shied away from sensitive or uncomfortable details. Brisseau's feature debut, the 1978 La vie comme ça, was shot on 16mm for French television and thus relies on a gritty, unpolished aesthetic.
Topically, it plunges into women's rights and labor concerns and thus anticipates the following year's Norma Rae, but incorporates none of that outing's soft-pedaling of issues or sentimentalizing. Maria-Luisa Garcia stars as Agnes Tessier, a young woman who leaves her school to work in a ghetto-set chemical factory with her girlfriend Florence; once there, she runs headfirst into such calamities as unsafe and unsanitary working conditions, sexual harassment, and nasty employers. Never one to take such indignities sitting down, Agnes signs on as the factory's chief union representative and vows to fight valiantly for improved conditions, exuding a level of unparalleled anger on behalf of the female working class.
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