The War Is Over

Synopsis: Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but manages to go free thanks to Nadine, the daughter of the man whose passport is used by him. When he arrives in Paris, he starts searching one of his comrades, Juan, to prevent him from going to Madrid where he could be arrested by Franco's police...
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Alain Resnais
Production: Franco London Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
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121 min

Are you staying in tonight?

Yes, I'll wait for you.

Then I'll see you tonight

at the house. Good-bye.

Good-bye, darling.

- They searched the car.

- Of course.

So what did you tell them?

I said you were in the area

on vacation.

You bought books in my shop

and we struck up an acquaintance.

I agreed to take a little trip

down to Spain to pick you up.

He asked, "From Madrid?"

"Yes," I said. "What of it?"

"Three hundred miles each way?

That's a long trip to make in 24 hours.

That doesn't leave you much time

for sightseeing."

That got my goat.

I said, "Driving relaxes me."

- Is the next train an express?

- Yes. The 9:
55. First-class only.

55. I have time to see Antoine.

- Shouldn't I give him our message?

- I have time to do it myself.

I'd prefer we not be seen

at Antoine's together.

Let's do this:
I'll drop you at my house,

and let Antoine know you're here.

I'll tell him to meet you at the station

15 minutes before your train leaves.

It's safer that way.

All of a sudden,

my memory failed me completely.

A total blank.

I forgot Sallanches' phone number.

"This is it."

I thought to myself,

"This is it.

We'll get caught

over this tiny detail."

Besides, I had no way of knowing

who would answer on the other end.

It the inspector had reached

Sallanches himself...

it would have blown my cover.

So the passport is false

but the phone number is real?

No, it's all real:

Rene Sallanches, his passport,

his daughter, his phone number.

The only fake element

in this story is me.

So all you do is switch photos?

You could put it like that.

See, Marie? It's nothing

more complicated than that.

All right.

You know everything

about the Sallanches family.

Your answers are correct.

But they know nothing about you.

That is, the person

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Jorge Semprún

Jorge Semprún Maura (Spanish: [ˈxorxe semˈpɾun]; 10 December 1923 – 7 June 2011) was a Spanish writer and politician who lived in France most of his life and wrote primarily in French. From 1953 to 1962, during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, Semprún lived clandestinely in Spain working as an organizer for the exiled Communist Party of Spain, but was expelled from the party in 1964. After the death of Franco and change to a democratic government, he served as Minister of Culture in Spain's socialist government from 1988 to 1991. He was a screenwriter for two successive films by the Greek director Costa-Gavras, Z (1969) and The Confession (1970), which dealt with the theme of persecution by governments. For his work on the films The War Is Over (1966) and Z (1969) Semprun was nominated for the Academy Award. In 1996, he became the first non-French author elected to the Académie Goncourt, which awards an annual literary prize. more…

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