Olivier is fighting with his comrades at work against injustices, but one night his wife Laura leaves him and the kids on 9 and 6. He must now meet another struggle and face up to his new responsibilities. Can he find a new balance?

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Guillaume Senez

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Raphaëlle Desplechin (screenplay), Guillaume Senez (screenplay)
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Romain Duris ... Olivier Vallet
Basile Grunberger Basile Grunberger ... Elliot Vallet
Lena Girard Voss Lena Girard Voss ... Rose Vallet
Lucie Debay ... Laura Vallet
Laure Calamy ... Claire
Dominique Valadié Dominique Valadié ... Joëlle
Laetitia Dosch ... Betty
Sarah Le Picard ... Agathe
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Jan
Cédric Vieira Cédric Vieira ... Paul
Jeupeu Jeupeu ... Jean-Luc
Valentine Cadic Valentine Cadic ... Anna
Francine Lorin-Blazquez Francine Lorin-Blazquez ... Marie
Sahra Daugreilh Sahra Daugreilh ... La collègue de Laura
Robbas Biassi-Biassi Robbas Biassi-Biassi ... L'inspecteur du travail
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Olivier, a 39 years old supervisor, does the best he can to fight injustice at work. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle between the children's needs, life's daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance. Because Laura's not coming back. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Wonderful real life drama about a mysterious dissapearance
21 October 2018 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

'Nos Batailles' is a film about a mysterious dissapearance. But this is not a thriller, trying to unsolve the mystery. It is a real life drama about what happens to a father and his two young children, after his wife leaves the family without leaving a trace.

In fact, the viewer never knows exactly why the wife left her husband and children. And exactly this is what drives the father almost crazy. He wants to be angry, but at whom? Director Guillaume Senez succeeds in showing his desperation, and in letting the viewer feel what he feels. At first, he is reluctant to discuss the issue with his children or anyone else. Only after his sister confronts him with his own relation to their father, and after some dramatic events, Olivier comes to terms with the new realities in his life. The film ends with a wonderful, hopeful scene.

This is only Senez's second feature film, but you'd swear it was made by a much more experienced film maker. Sometimes, it seems Senez is influenced by his fellow Belgians the Dardenne brothers. They share the same unpolished style of film making, and also the emphasis on social themes such as workers' rights - Olivier is a union representative at his company. At other times, the film making style of Hirokazu Kore-Eda comes to mind. For example in the way Senez tells the story by showing small events.

Showing intense emotions in an honest, restrained and non-sentimental way is one of the hardest things in film making. In this film, Senez does exactly that. And he does it very well.


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3 October 2018 (Belgium) See more »

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Heyrieux, Isère, France See more »

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