just three months after the birth of the “yellow vests”, the movement already has a movie! And it is directed by none other than François Ruffin. The journalist and member of the France insubordinate unveiled on Friday evening at Grenoble I want the sun , his new documentary in which he hands the microphone to the protesters, during a trip through the “France of the roundabouts”.

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Shot in December with the filmmaker, Gilles Perret, the road-movie unfolds from Amiens to Montpellier over a period of six days, during which time the duo went camera in hand collecting stories from many of the “yellow vests”. Three rooms had been mobilized by a cinema to host the 350 people who have discovered first-hand the new feature film of the founder of the journal of alternative Fakir , which still needs to be calibrated and mixed before its theatrical release, scheduled for 3 April.

In 2017, François Ruffin had been awarded a Caesar for the very satirical and political Thank you, boss! . Prior to his meeting with Gilles Perret, the reporter had to interview one of the “yellow vests” to make a book. “You’re guinea pigs!”, has ironisé with a smile, the deputy of the first district of the Sum in front of the spectators before kick-off of the projection, which he had attended.

“We want to return to ballot”

During 80 minutes, Francis Ruffin and Gilles Perret pose a gaze full of empathy about the painful stories of these men and these women in daily life plagued by insecurity, they were able to shoot up in privacy. In front of the camera, these “isolated” to the “empty fridge”, which unite now, each and every day to make their voices heard through this “grumbling from the hard-to-sentence”, talk about their journey made of hardship and despair.

“The national motto, can be found today to be more on the round-points”, points at the beginning of the film, a young man interviewed by the duo on a camp of the “yellow vests” in Sum, referring links are created. “Thanks to this little open door, we want to return to the polls,” says a little further on Cindy, a mother of a family placed by the Secours populaire and the depression.

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François Ruffin says he has been won over by the desire to verify himself if this growling was the one of the “fachos” from the very beginning of the movement. Before you be outraged by his treatment by the national media focused on the violence in Paris. “A series of isolated unite. It was 20 years ago that I was waiting for it! While, in general, the poor hide to suffer. The yellow jacket, it is the blue of contemporary work”, summarizes the AFP journalist committed.

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As a filmmaker, he defends himself for having wanted to make a film analytic movement, but more of an “analysis of people who are seized”. “They are all our fellow human beings”, he then pointed in the face of spectators at a time of exchange of nearly an hour. “The film has a goal: to win the passive support of the middle class to the oligarchy”, he added, inviting her now to move to solidarize” with the “yellow vests”.

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The member of parliament for France insubordinate, who compares his approach to “a scruple, a pebble in the shoe” of Emmanuel Macron, considers that the movement of the “yellow vests” a “needs to be inhabited by works” and that his “main deficiency” was that the art was never close.

“What we see in the film, it is the heart and soul of what happens on these roundabouts. It had to be someone to watch,” responded a spectator. “I have 66 years and I have rarely seen this kind of movement. Enjoy! We are all concerned”, was launched later a man wearing a cap.

François Ruffin hopes that the movement will re-launch in the spring “in another form”, as if it has been “innovative” in its infancy, a movement “without imagination, it is a movement of death”. “For me, it now takes the form of a film. But it is necessary that something happens also outside of the cinema,” he concludes.

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