The Night Watchman

  |  Book Tickets: 22/08/2016
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Jamais de la Vie 'The Night Watchman' is a hybrid, half thriller, half social film about the employment crisis. At 52 years of age, Franck (Olivier Gourmet) is forced to work as a night watchman in a shopping centre in Othis, the outer suburbs of Paris. In the past he worked as a factory labourer and a trade unionist. Now he sleeps by day and bored at night at work, he fixes electric appliances for friends and colleagues, fights with his sister who wants to leave her husband, and is intrigued by the behind and life of a divorced woman with children (Valérie Bonneton) who works at the job centre. He expects a pension that will condemn him to a miserable elderly life. But the criminals who have corrupted one of his colleagues and who are organizing a bank robbery at the shopping centre reawakens in him something that had been buried by humiliation. Perhaps he's becoming a do-it-yourself citizen taking matters into his own hands... Truly terrific, this noir gem from France where the always outstanding Olivier Gourmet gives an awesome performance. A social crime movie indeed, telling the story of a lonely and lost man who struggles to survive, to hope in a hopeless world which has the purpose to crush him, to turn him to pieces. A man who fights for something lost in advance, a man who fights against the ineluctable where no escape is possible. (Subtitles) France 2014 Pierre Jolivet 95m