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The War Is Over (1966)

La guerre est finie (original title)
Diego is one of the chiefs of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but ... See full summary »


Alain Resnais


Jorge Semprún
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Diego Mora
Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne
Geneviève Bujold ... Nadine Sallanches
Jean Dasté ... Le chef du réseau clandestin / Chief
Dominique Rozan Dominique Rozan ... Jude
Jean-François Rémi Jean-François Rémi ... Juan
Marie Mergey Marie Mergey ... Madame Lopez
Michel Piccoli ... L'inspecteur des douanes / First Customs Inspector
Anouk Ferjac ... Marie Jude
Roland Monod Roland Monod ... Antoine
Pierre Decazes Pierre Decazes ... L'employé SNCF / Station Employee
Paul Crauchet ... Roberto
Claire Duhamel Claire Duhamel ... La femme du wagon-restaurant / Traveller
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine Bourseiller ... L'homme du wagon-restaurant / Traveller
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Bernadette Pluvier
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Diego is one of the chiefs of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but manages to go free thanks to Nadine, the daughter of the man whose passport is used by him. When he arrives in Paris, he starts searching one of his comrades, Juan, to prevent him from going to Madrid where he could be arrested by Franco's police... Written by Yepok

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Screenwriter Jorge Semprún's life and work as a member of the central committee of the Spanish Communist party from 1954 to 1965 are the basis of the character Diego Mora played by Yves Montand actions and thoughts in 'La Guerre est finie'. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Yves Montand (2) (1967) See more »

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A lot duller than I would have expected.
4 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Many folks who watch this film today might be a bit confused about the context, so I'll try to explain. When the Spanish Republican army was defeated by Francisco Franco's troops at the end of the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, many Republicans (many of whom were communists and socialists) were jailed or killed--and many more poured over the border into exile in countries like France.

The character Yves Montand plays in this film, Diego Mora, is one of these communist exiles--one who regularly sneaks back and forth between the countries on missions for his cause. Exactly what he does on these missions is never talked about very much in these films but he and his comrades are trying to keep alive a small dissident group within Spain. However, during one of these many trips, he is taken in for questioning at the border. Somehow the police have become suspicious but with the help of a young French lady (Genevieve Bujold) he's able to extricate himself from custody. But, others in the organization weren't so lucky and were arrested. Because of this, Mora plans on returning to Spain to try to alert others in his cell so they can escape. However, instead of doing this, he spends so much of the film doing nothing in particular. In fact, that is a HUGE problem with the film. He learns about the possible leak in his organization and the arrests early on in the film and yet doesn't return to help the other agents until about 90 minutes later. In the interim, he meets with several women he cares about or wishes to have sex* with before his return to Spain. In addition, he talks and talks and talks--too much to keep the film interesting or well-paced. Overall, an interesting and well acted curio--especially since Montand himself was a communist and much of the story seems ironic in light of his own background as an Italian expatriate. But not a particularly enjoyable curio.

*Oddly, the first sex scene in the film was one of the most unintentionally funny I have ever seen. Instead of showing any real skin, the camera kept showing everything BUT--and with all sorts of artsy angles and composition. It made me laugh and seemed bizarre in light of the very ordinary and non-prudish sex scene later in the film. Why they did this, I have no idea. Perhaps the first nude scene (with Bujold) was done this way because she was uncomfortable with nudity and I'd sure love to know why they handled it in such a silly manner.

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11 May 1966 (France) See more »

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Europa Film, Sofracima See more »
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