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A Minute of Silence (1998)

Une minute de silence (original title)
In a dying French mining town near the German border, the last miners are preparing to strike. Marek and Mimmo, two young miners and friends, have different views on the impending strike.
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Cast overview:
Benoît Magimel ... Marek
Bruno Putzulu ... Mimmo
Jean-Yves Chatelais Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Stanis, Mark's uncle
Andrea Schieffer Andrea Schieffer ... The journalist
Alexander May Alexander May ... Freddy
Eric Savin ... Tony
Olivier Parenty Olivier Parenty ... Spitz
Pierre Martot Pierre Martot ... Frantz
Kader Boukhanef Kader Boukhanef ... Ibrahim
Florence Giorgetti Florence Giorgetti ... Cabaret woman
André Marcon André Marcon ... Snack owner
Rüdiger Vogler ... Jäger
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In a dying French mining town near the German border, the last miners are preparing to strike. Marek and Mimmo, two young miners and friends, have different views on the impending strike.

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French | Polish

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25 November 1998 (France) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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A Germinal for our times?
24 June 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A hundred years time after Emile Zola and his Germinal ,a page has been turned.There are no more miners in France."Une minute de silence" depicts the last moments of a mine in Merlebach.Some things have not changed:everything belongs to the mine,including the one-eyed's cafe.

The director was heavily influenced by Kenneth Loach whose shade hangs over the whole movie.But not for the best:The only thing the script writers seem to have learned from the English artist is a loose plot,and in spite of some good actors,such as Bruno Pulutzu,de la comedy française,the movie never really takes off.Unlike Loach's characters these ones are not really endearing and we do not really care about them.The "minute of silence" -which gives the movie its title is a good trick,which might allow the viewers to make some dough,provided their friends did not see the movie,but the connection with the movie escapes me,I fear.Of course,when somebody dies (or something:here,the mines),the minute of silence is de rigueur.But the metaphor is ponderous it's the least we can say.


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