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Film info: Qu'ils reposent en révolte (Des figures des guerres)

Film Information

Original Title Qu'ils reposent en révolte (Des figures des guerres)
English Title May They Rest in Revolt (Figures of Wars I)
Director Sylvain George
Year 2010
Format HD
Colour B&W
Duration 153 min
  • Valérie Dréville
  • Guión: Sylvain George
  • Fotografía: Sylvain George
  • Montaje: Sylvain George
  • Producción: Sylvain George


“If I could chop off my hand and trade it for yours, I would.” The phrase could very well resume this documentary by Sylvain George. For three years, the director followed the journey of illegal immigrants in Calais, a place in northern France from where they cross the English Channel to Britain. Submerging the spectator right among a group of “undocumented people”, Qu'ils reposent en révolte awakes deeps emotions (and commotions) with a resource as simple as showing how the film’s protagonists eat, sleep, and move around –which basically sums up the non-life of these clandestine people. In a key scene, George shows a group of men gathered around a fire, passing each other a red hot screw they press against all of their fingers. This mutilation is supposed to erase their fingerprints so they can’t be booked by the police, but the same violent gesture also suggests the terrible moral price illegal aliens have to pay in order to save their lives: nothing less than their identity.

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