Alain Resnais – La guerre est finie AKA The War Is Over (1966)

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The hero of the film (Yves Montand) is a Spanish citizen who has been engaged ever since the war’s end in a variety of underground anti-Franco movements. He is part of a network that moves people and information in and out of Spain, prepares reports, calls general strikes, prints propaganda newspapers and does everything else that seems to be indicated. But the members of the underground are weary; they subscribe to political dogmas that no longer seem relevant, except to a few of them; they can show few tangible results.

Resnais conceives his entire film in terms of the one character. He has loyally served the underground, but he begins to believe their decisions are the wrong ones. They sit in Paris and call general strikes, and when he returns from Madrid to protest, they tell him he had been “misled by reality.”

In the course of exchanging a passport, he meets a young girl (Genevieve Bujold) who is involved in another, much younger, movement against Franco. One afternoon after he argues with futility that his superiors are following the wrong policy, he encounters the girl and her young associates.

They plan violence, plastic bombs, anarchy. They believe that the tourist trade can be stopped if terrorists attack popular resorts. Their reasoning is alien to the methodical nature of his own work over three decades, and suddenly he finds himself in the middle, convinced both approaches are wrong, almost convinced at last that nothing can be done.

Resnais’ previous films (“Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” “Last Year at Marienbad”) were explorations of the subconscious. With “La Guerre Est Finie” he unexpectedly gives us not only psychology but an exciting thriller, done with great artistry.

The hero of the film (Yves Montand) is a Spanish citizen who has been engaged ever since the war’s end in a variety of underground anti-Franco movements. He is part of a network that moves people and information in and out of Spain, prepares reports, calls general strikes, prints propaganda newspapers and does everything else that seems to be indicated. But the members of the underground are weary; they subscribe to political dogmas that no longer seem relevant, except to a few of them; they can show few tangible results.

Resnais conceives his entire film in terms of the one character. He has loyally served the underground, but he begins to believe their decisions are the wrong ones. They sit in Paris and call general strikes, and when he returns from Madrid to protest, they tell him he had been “misled by reality.”

In the course of exchanging a passport, he meets a young girl (Genevieve Bujold) who is involved in another, much younger, movement against Franco. One afternoon after he argues with futility that his superiors are following the wrong policy, he encounters the girl and her young associates.

They plan violence, plastic bombs, anarchy. They believe that the tourist trade can be stopped if terrorists attack popular resorts. Their reasoning is alien to the methodical nature of his own work over three decades, and suddenly he finds himself in the middle, convinced both approaches are wrong, almost convinced at last that nothing can be done.

Resnais’ previous films (“Hiroshima, Mon Amour,” “Last Year at Marienbad”) were explorations of the subconscious. With “La Guerre Est Finie” he unexpectedly gives us not only psychology but an exciting thriller, done with great artistry.




1.65GB | 1 h 56 min | 918×574 | mkv

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Language(s):French
Subtitles:English

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