The film begins with a discussion between Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin on the possibilities to act sincerely in front of a camera. A cast of real life individuals are then introduced and led by the filmmakers to discuss topics on the themes of French society and happiness in the working class.
Beginning from seemingly the simplest of starting points, this collaborative documentary between one anthropologist and one sociologist develops into a revealing, reflexive study of behavior in front of its camera. An influential classic in cinema vérité—in fact, its co-directors coined the term!
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Wim Wenders, 1982, West Germany
Stephen Kijak, 2006, United Kingdom
Steven Sebring, 2008, United States
Stuart Samuels, 2005, Canada
Wim Wenders, 1985, West Germany