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This is the story of Michèle, a worker at the fish market, whose life revolves around saving her daughter from drug addiction...No, this is the story of Paul, a dock worker who will accept the redundancy pay out in order to buy the car of his dreams...Or maybe of Abderamane, transformed by his stay in prison, who wants to help his brothers and friends...Of Viviane, a music teacher who can no longer stand the cynicism of her brilliant husband...Of Gérard, whose relationship to death, his and the other people’s, is a mystery...Of Paul’s parents, both retired workers who will never vote again...Of Ameline, whose body bursts with the health she would like to instil into other people by reminding them of their premonotheistic origins. Of Claude, Maryse, Yasmina, Tisane, Guichetier or Sarkis...These particular and intertwined stories take place in a same area, at the same time, in Marseilles, on the day before year 2000. They prove, at a time when life is more and more meaningless, that the town is not quiet.

Robert Guédiguian See his other films
Produced by : Robert Guediguian
Company : AGAT FILMS & CIE
Coproduced by : DIAPHANA

Main cast : Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jacques Boudet, Pascale Roberts
Secondary cast : Pierre Menderet, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Christine Brücher, Alexandre Ogou

Genre : Fiction
Duration : 2H25
Year of production : 2001
Available Versions : VF
Theatrical release date : 17/01/2001

Distributor : Diaphana

International sales : Mercure International

TV distribution : Films distribution

TV Diffusion : 28/02/2002

VOD Diffusion : Universciné

Awards :
Festival international du film: Grand prix du jury.
European film awards: Prix Fipresci

Festival selections :
Mostra Internazionale d'Arte, Venise, 2000. Festival des films du Monde, Montréal, 2000. Toronto international film festival, Toronto, 2000. Festival international du film, Stuttgart, 2001. European film awards, Berlin, 2001. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Today, New York, 2001.

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