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La raison du plus faible (2006)

In Liège, a group of men gathers every day in a café situated near the steel factory which once reigned supreme. They play cards in a warm atmosphere but that hardly masks their quiet ... See full summary »

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Patrick
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Marc Pirmet
Claude Semal ...
Robert
Patrick Descamps ...
Jean-Pierre
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Carole
Elie Belvaux ...
Steve
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Le ferrailleur
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Philippe Anciaux ...
Capitain Magis
Daniela Bisconti ...
Gina
Andrée Cambier ...
Mère de Robert
Michel Colecchia ...
Policier en civil
Christian Crahay ...
Père de Carole
Raymonde Dullers ...
Voisine de Patrick
Théo Hebrans ...
Vieux joueur de cartes
Dominique Heinry ...
Policier en civil
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In Liège, a group of men gathers every day in a café situated near the steel factory which once reigned supreme. They play cards in a warm atmosphere but that hardly masks their quiet desperation. All unemployed, either because they can't find work like Patrick or because they have been made redundant like Robert and Jean-Pierre, they try to forget their lot in the warm atmosphere of the place. One day, Marc, a newcomer, joins them. It soon appears that the man has just been released from prison and even if he is determined to go straight his presence suddenly inspires Robert : why not try criminality ? Written by Guy Bellinger

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19 July 2006 (France)  »

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Visa d'exploitation en France # 112095. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Pierre: What do we have left to live? I don't speak about the time to be spent, I speak about something to live, something to make you happy to wake up in the morning?
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Elle me l'avait toudis promis
(La petite gayolle)
Adapted from a Walloon folk song by Julos Beaucarne
Sung by Éric Caravaca, Lucas Belvaux, Claude Semal, Patrick Descamps,
Natacha Régnier and Elie Belvaux
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Ken Loach meets Michael Mann
20 July 2006 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Imagine Michael Mann's 'Heat' crossed with Ken Loach's gritty northern England- and Scotland based social dramas, and you have an idea of what this film feels like - a heist film with thoroughly uncool, long-term dole recipients and other downtrodden working class folk as the perpetrators, instead of Robert DeNiro in post-modern Californian seafront diggings dashing from holdup to holdup... Lucas Belvaux brings together the disparate elements of the heist film and the anti-globalisation social commentary in fine style, though, and the story thoroughly engaged me. The elegiac, minimal soundtrack was perfectly deployed as well. Mr. Belvaux plays the hangdog career criminal better than almost anyone else, and no one plays quiet domestic desperation as well as Natacha Regnier, either... highly recommended!


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