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The Sanguinaires (1997)

Cast: Frederic Pierrot, Frederic Pierrot, Catherine Baugue, more...
Director: Laurent Cantet, Laurent Cantet
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Foreign, France
Running Time: 68 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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One of eight medium-length films sponsored by France's Channel 7 television network designed to commemorate or comment upon the upcoming millennium, Laurent Cantet's Les Sanguinaires represents France. It is set in December, 1999 and centers upon Francois, a Parisian travel agent who decides to travel to the title island (located off the coast of Corsica) to get away from the celebratory chaos in Paris. Traveling with a few friends and their many children, Francois arrives upon the island on Christmas day and must wait five hours for Stephane the caretaker to show up. His lateness puts the fussy Francois in a bad mood that does not improve when he discovers that the house has no heat and that his bedding is damp. The others decide to make the best of things and enjoy themselves. They find Stephane charming, which only makes Francois even madder. As New Year's approaches, Francois gets more and more tense. The story's underlying message remarks upon the protagonist's inability to escape the trappings of humanity he supposedly loathes. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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"Time Out" Predux by Kinoidiot July 22, 2002 - 7:55 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Produced for European television, this short feature by Laurent Cantet anticipates his excellent, later films, "Human Resources" and "Time Out," in it's critique of class and the culture of work. Though at times it plays a bit like "L'aventurra" lite thanks to a scenario which echoes the plight of Antonioni's stranded bourgeoisie, the millenial twist of this story makes these yuppies' angst a little less hard to swallow. In any case, if you've ever wanted to banish the cell-phone toting, SUV-driving set to a deserted island...this is the film for you!

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