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Ajyal Film Festival 2018

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Our Struggles (Nos Batailles)

Special Screening

Guillaume Senez / Feature Narrative / Belgium, France / 2018 / 98 min / Colour / DCP
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Gulf Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

Screenings

Synopsis

The sympathetic story of Oliver, a fundamentally decent man who is more than happy to shoulder the weight of other people’s problems. Working as a team leader at the central warehouse for a major online retailer, he routinely pressures management to protect the rights of his co-workers. Unable to help his friend who is about to be fired, Oliver is overcome with a sense of guilt because of the tragic consequences. His wife Laura appears to be battling some form of depression herself, but does her best to hide it from Oliver.

Clearly troubled and without warning, one day Laura leaves Oliver, her children, and job. Laura's abandonment and the unhappiness of his colleagues at certain working conditions, make it evident to the principled Oliver that even though he might try, he cannot fix the world's problems. Left alone to juggle work and single-parenting, Oliver finds new meaning in his life with the help of his kids in a story about finding contentment in even the most unconventional of family circumstances.

About the Directors

Guillaume Senez is a writer and director of short and feature length films. His first feature film, 'Keeper' (2016) was chosen for more than seventy festivals and received over twenty awards. His second feature 'Our Struggles' was chosen for the Critics' Week at Cannes in 2018.

Credits

Director
Guillaume Senez
Screenwriter
Guillaume Senez, Raphaëlle Desplechin
Producer
Isabelle Truc, David Thion, Philippe Martin
Editor
Julie Brenta
Co-Producer
Bart Van Langendonck
Cinematographer
Elin Kirschfink ( Sbc )
Sales Company
Be for Films
Production Company
Iota Production, Les Films Pelleas
Sound
Fabrice Osinski
Set Designer
Florin Dima
Distributor
MC Distribution
Cast
Romain Duris, Laure Calamy, Laetitia Dosch, Lucie Debay, Basile Grunberger, Lena Girard Voss, Dominique Valadie, Sarah Le Picard, Cédric Vieira

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