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Humain, trop humain by Louis Malle
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A woman dressed in 70s clothing works in a car factory
Humain, trop humain, dir. Louis Malle, France 1973, 72 min., French with English subtitles

A poetic film about daily working life that captures the spirit of political change in 1970s France. Two years after Jean-Luc Godard made his film about class struggle in a factory, Tout va bien, Louis Malle completed this fascinating portrait of life for the employees of a Citroën auto factory in Rennes, Brittany. Malle was raised in that area, albeit in an affluent family, but it is his understanding of the people that makes this more than a political portrait about the proletariat. It is a superbly made fly-on-the-wall film that captures the daily lives of the workers and the humdrum activity of their working life. Occasionally, Malle cuts away to wealthy consumers make a political point, but this is ultimately an involving portrait of ordinary lives.

Humain, trop humain is curated by Éric Baudelaire as part of 3+3: Éric Baudelaire, a project presenting three films by the French filmmaker, and three films of his choice.

Read more about Éric Baudelaire’s selection here

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