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

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Robert: For five generations we have been exploited, and now that we just began to earn a bit more than the minimum to live with, it is still too much. They have to go away, farer, to exploit people even poorer.
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Una lacrima sul viso
Written by Bobby Solo (as Roberto Satti), G. Rastetti di Mogol & Lunero (1964)
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A powerful, very well acted political film in the form of a heist movie.
16 March 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

3 unemployed men with bleak futures decide to try a robbery to turn their lives around.

The film is beautifully photographed, and has a gritty sense of realism and dark sense of humor, along with a deliberate pace some may find off-putting.

This isn't a heist film about action, but rather about hopelessness, poverty, and moral choices. It isn't afraid to let us feel ambiguity at what the men are doing, at the same time creating characters that can't help but elicit our sympathy, and make us wonder, "at what point does society create its own criminals"?

There are some weak spots – the men are almost too perfect a cross section of the down-and out; the young man whose schooling and hard work have left him nowhere, the unwanted man in a wheelchair and the middle aged man phased out for someone younger. I'm not quite sure I buy them as friends in the first place, but once I accepted that slight contrivance, the film worked well on all it's levels; character study, political tract and crime thriller.

It reminded me of something Sidney Lumet might have made in the 1970s. For my taste, that's a good thing.


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