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Drama: 2017 French, Belgian, and Tunisia co-production directed by Wallid Mattar. 89 mins.
“Capturing the ups and downs of working-class lives on opposite ends of the Mediterranean, Northern Wind (Vent du nord) marks a promising feature debut for writer-director Walid Mattar. Set simultaneously in France and Tunisia, the film follows what happens when a factory closes in one country and then opens in the other, focusing on two families affected by economic and social transformations that are out of their control. Smartly scripted and backed by a solid cast, Le vent du nord deserves to be carried to select festivals and art houses overseas.
Written by Mattar, Leyla Bouzid and Claude Le Pape (Cesar-award winner Bloody Milk), the scenario begins with a setup we’ve seen in many a French movie: Herve (Philippe Rebbot), a longtime employee of a shoe manufacturer in northern France, finds himself holding onto a job that’s about to be outsourced abroad. Although he’s been working for several decades, he is not a union guy and refuses to strike. Yet, like everyone else on the assembly line, Herve gets the boot when the factory shuts down and is forced to find a new way to earn money.”
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