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Life the Way It Is (1978)

La vie comme ça (original title)
| Drama | TV Movie
Agnes left school and moved with a friend in a housing project in Bagnolet. Engaged as a clerk, she becomes Associate staff after the dismissal of a colleague.

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Jean-Claude Brisseau (dialogue), Jean-Claude Brisseau (screenplay)
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María Luisa García ... Agnes Tessier (as Lisa Hérédia)
Lucien Plazanet Lucien Plazanet ... Le concierge
Marie Rivière ... Florence
Jenny Bellay Jenny Bellay ... La mere de Agnes
Daniel Tarrare Daniel Tarrare ... Le fou du metro
Jacques Serres Jacques Serres ... Le pere de Florence
Bernard Tiphaine Bernard Tiphaine
Janine Souchon Janine Souchon
Pascale Ogier ... Muriel Pucheux
Luc Ponette Luc Ponette
Jean-Claude Ballard Jean-Claude Ballard ... (as Jean-Claude Balard)
Michèle Ernou Michèle Ernou
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Agnes left school and moved with a friend in a housing project in Bagnolet. Engaged as a clerk, she becomes Associate staff after the dismissal of a colleague.

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Realistic and sad
29 July 2011 | by Goras89See all my reviews

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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