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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011)

Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (original title)
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A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their consciences.

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Robert Guédiguian

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Robert Guédiguian (scenario), Victor Hugo (poem) | 1 more credit »
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Ariane Ascaride ... Marie-Claire
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Michel
Gérard Meylan ... Raoul
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Christophe
Marilyne Canto ... Denise
Anaïs Demoustier ... Flo
Adrien Jolivet Adrien Jolivet ... Gilles
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Le commissaire
Karole Rocher Karole Rocher ... La mère de Christophe
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... Agnès
Pierre Niney ... Le serveur de bar
Yann Loubatière Yann Loubatière ... Jules
Jean-Baptiste Fonck ... Martin
Emilie Piponnier ... Maryse
Raphaël Hidrot Raphaël Hidrot ... Jeannot
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At a French shipyard, a trade unionist named Michel deliberately arranges to have himself on the dockworkers' randomly chosen downsizing list to spare another of his fellow workers. While he has his severance package and his friends and family's generosity to ease this sacrifice, this also gets his home invaded and robbed along with his wife and friends. Through pure luck, Michel finds out the identity of one of his assailants, a young worker who was on the same downsizing list himself, and gets him arrested. However, both Michel and his wife find that their vindictive satisfaction is soured by their realization of their assailant's motives and the larger consequences of their revenge. Struggling with their conscience, the couple finds themselves independently trying to live up to their ideals for a greater sense of justice. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Las nieves del Kilimanjaro See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Pavane pour une infante défunte
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A hard snow's gonna fall
9 April 2012 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

What is solidarity? Solidarity in the union way? It seems easy in the beginning of this film, even if it's a decision which is to your own disadvantage. People have to go from the factory, there's a lottery and this union leader is among them. He didn't want any special treatment.

But this thinking and feeling is challenged, when one of his coworkers robs him and his wife. Why did he do that? It's a result of compromises from the union, leaving the robber and his kid brothers in misery.

So the screw is turned. Do you want revenge or do you blame yourself for lacking solidarity? The problem is solved in a way which shouldn't be mentioned here, but the answer is much easier than the questions.


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