The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Synopsis: At a French shipyard, a trade unionist named Michel deliberately arranges to have himself on the dockworkers' randomly chosen downsizing list to spare another of his fellow workers. While he has his severance package and his friends and family's generosity to ease this sacrifice, this also gets his home invaded and robbed along with his wife and friends. Through pure luck, Michel finds out the identity of one of his assailants, a young worker who was on the same downsizing list himself, and gets him arrested. However, both Michel and his wife find that their vindictive satisfaction is soured by their realization of their assailant's motives and the larger consequences of their revenge. Struggling with their conscience, the couple finds themselves independently trying to live up to their ideals for a greater sense of justice.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Robert Guédiguian
Production: Diaphana Distribution
  6 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Luigi Partero...


Malek Mimouni...


Roger Barbaro...


Diego Vasquez...


Matteo Kalisti...


Michel Van Straten...


Jules Daman...


Elie Bensoussan...


Adrien Galoret...


Azad Arptian...


Louis Toledano.


Jean Richer...


Pierre Moratier...


Karim Youfsi...


Andr Paul...


Omar Zmoun...


Paul Duro...


Serge Kasparian...


Michel Marteron...

Are you nuts?


Christophe Brunet...


That's twenty, guys.


Let's have no regrets.

The current situation dictated this.

We could have lost everything.

lt's better than nothing.

l'll give management the list.

''Courage resides in watching

one's spinning machine or loom

''so that not one thread snaps

''while preparing a broader

and more fraternal social order

''in which the machine

will be the common servant

''of the freed workers.''

Michel Marteron!

Talk about proud!

You could have left your name out.

As our union representative,

you didn't have to be on the list.

lt was a privilege.

l don't want any.

What'll you tell Marie-Claire?

That my name was drawn

along with 19 other comrades.

And that your name

didn't have to be in the box?


l'll have to find a new girlfriend.

You bloody idiot!

See you on Thursday, Mrs Iselim.

Thank you, Marie-Claire.

Come to meet me?


How did you know l was here?

Tuesday is Mrs Iselim

and today's Tuesday.

You know that?

Your schedule's on the fridge.

Why are you here?

l wanted to buy you dinner.

You picked

the winning lottery number?

You could say that...

An Indian restaurant.


They'll feed us bison!

Looks good.

Today was the day.

My name was drawn.

Raoul told me l was wrong

to put it in the box.

But l did...

lt can be tiring living with a hero.

Aren't you hungry?

Let's see...

Come over here, Louis!

Where are you, Grandpa?

Right here!

Do you need binoculars or what?

Where are you going?

- l want another biscuit!

- Another?

How's retirement?

Flo, don't mention retirement

to your father!

He's just unemployed.

He won't find work, Mum.

Says who?

Come on, you have to face it.

lt's nothing to be ashamed of.

lt's chilly...

Time to go back.


Let's go.

He's less tense

now he's not working.

Less tense?

He's not happy.

He's playing with our kids.

l hate seeing him like that.

He doesn't drink or smoke,

he's out of work so let him have fun.

He can't be happy.

He can.

He doesn't look unhappy.

He won't say how he feels!

Without work, it's normal

to feel a bit down.

You have a short memory!

And when the shipyard fired you?

You were a wreck, not just down.


Ludo was a baby, l was young...

So Dad's old

and old people don't matter.

Stop talking like that!

Are you crazy?

Think he'll have time

to do my pergola now?

You're too much!

He needs to keep busy.

What can he do?

Take her.

Come with Daddy.

l could do lunch for them every day.

You can't fry an egg!

l can learn.


l wanted to ask...

l know, the pergola.

Do you mind, Maryse?

It'll be better and cheaper.

And a way to help you.

l don't mind.

And you?

Ask Jeannot too.

Suits me.

l'm not going to poison them!

No chili peppers, ok.

Climb up, you're a big boy now.

Hey, kids...

Want lunch at Grandpa's?

Come over for a drink?

We'll come

when we can use the pergola.

We can't.

Jeannot leaves first thing.

Back to Bordeaux?

Afraid so.

- Will it be much longer?

- Three months.

The whole thing's cabled now.

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Robert Guédiguian

Robert Jules Guédiguian (born 3 December 1953) is a French film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. Most of his films star Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. more…

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