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The Right of the Weakest (2006)

La raison du plus faible (original title)
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 »

Director:

Lucas Belvaux

Writer:

Lucas Belvaux
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Cast

Credited cast:
Éric Caravaca ... Patrick
Lucas Belvaux ... Marc Pirmet
Claude Semal Claude Semal ... Robert
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Jean-Pierre
Natacha Régnier ... Carole
Elie Belvaux Elie Belvaux ... Steve
Gilbert Melki ... Le ferrailleur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philippe Anciaux Philippe Anciaux ... Capitain Magis
Daniela Bisconti Daniela Bisconti ... Gina
Andrée Cambier Andrée Cambier ... Mère de Robert
Michel Colecchia Michel Colecchia ... Policier en civil
Christian Crahay Christian Crahay ... Père de Carole
Raymonde Dullers Raymonde Dullers ... Voisine de Patrick
Théo Hebrans Théo Hebrans ... Vieux joueur de cartes
Dominique Heinry Dominique Heinry ... Policier en civil
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 July 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Right of the Weakest See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Una lacrima sul viso
Written by Bobby Solo (as Roberto Satti), Mogol & Bobby Solo (as Lunero) (1964)
[Note both instances of Bobby Solo are left here as they reflect the credit.]
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A terrible story made of laugh, tears, blood and sorrow
20 July 2006 | by auberusSee all my reviews

"La raison du plus faible" from Lucas Belvaux is a story about 4 men, 1 woman and a kid. This is a story about friendship, a story that opposes decency and adversity, bitterness and boredom…

The movie could be depicted as a "social" thriller if not a socialistic one that has the merit to dig up questions buried away by our sometimes inhuman society. What would you do if you had no perspective, no money and only dreams to be shattered? What would you do if the system was not allowing the possibility of a better life for some or redemption for others? What would you do if your more and more precarious life was being pushed that close to the edge? Would you react or would you fall? "La raison du plus faible" provides us with an answer by telling the story of these men who will believe again that a dream is feasible and who will take arms to get the money where it is and steal it because they believe this is their rights. This is also a story about choices where everybody takes his own responsibility; a story where there are no bad guys but no good ones, a terrible story made of laugh, tears, blood and sorrow….

Slow at times but served with an outstanding cast and a cinematography perfectly matching the protagonists lack of escape , "La raison du plus faible" remains a movie to be seen… A movie that seems to whisper: "continue to dream or die"…


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