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



You made it.

Once again you see

the hill of Biriatou.

Once again you have that stale,

anxious taste of crossing the border.

You drove all night.

Your mouth is dry from too little sleep

and too much tobacco.

Once again you cross this border

in the shimmering early-morning light.

The sun rises behind you

over the Elizondo peaks.

Once again, you'll make it over.

It's all right.

You'll make your train.

All night I was afraid

we might break down.

But there was no reason.

I had the car checked.

An obsession.

You know how it is.

At night, the stretch

between Burgos and Miranda...

miles of desert around us...

No offense, but service stations in

your country leave a lot to be desired.

I didn't dare push the car too hard.

I was afraid.

If it weren't for you,

I would have played tourist today.

A good meal

in a seafood restaurant.

Crabe in a hot sauce

with a nice white wine.

Or roast pig at Bottine's,

behind the Plaza Mayor.

And in the afternoon,

a bullfight, of course.

I generally don't get the time

to see the towns I go to.

Believe it or not, I haven't even

set foot yet in the Prado in Madrid!

I can tell you now...

last night when you said

we had to rush back, I was furious.

That wasn't hard to see.

We usually spend the night talking, but

last night you acted like I didn't exist.

I'd arranged to be away three days.

My wife was going

to run the bookshop alone.

Today the Prado.

Tomorrow Toledo and Aranjuez.

A three-day vacation,

in other words.

So last night when you read

the letter I brought you...

and then said we had to set out

immediately, I was fuming!

So I ruined your trip, eh?

Take it up

with the Spanish police.

- There's a crowd already.

- Easter. They spend the day in Spain.

Easier for you.

They have less time to check passports.

- How did you manage it before?

- Before?

When the border was closed.

When there were no tourists.

We crossed over

through the mountains.

Sometimes we ran into

the Guardia Civil.

- And then?

- Then we'd shoot our way through.

- You're no problem at all.

- Why?

No one hearing you talk

would take you for a Spaniard.

Even I forget sometimes.

The last buddy I drove over

didn't speak a word of French.

He pretended to be asleep.

If they had asked him a single question,

our goose would have been cooked.

With you it's a cinch.

Please park your car

and step inside the station.

- Why? Listen, I'm in a hurry.

- Police check. Pull the car up there.

Come on, let's go.

- What's all this about?

- I've no idea either.

You think it's a random check?

You sure your papers are okay, Carlos?

Remember what we said.

It'll be all right.

Leave the key in the car.

Follow me.

- What about our bags?

- Never mind. Leave them.

Have you got something

against Citroens today?

Thank you.

So that's it.

I bought some books in his shop.

We struck up an acquaintance.

And so, Mr. Rene Sallanches,

you were there on vacation?


- Alone?

- Yes, alone.

And you live in Paris

at Rue de I'Estrapade, number 4?

No, number 7.

And you met Mr.Jude

in his bookshop in Hendaye?

That's right.

And Mrs. Jude...

What's her first name again?

Marie. She's charming.

Do you have

a telephone in Paris?

Of course.

Medicis 33-74.

Call this number right away.

It's Sunday morning.

You'll wake up Nadine.

I told her nothing's wrong, but

she's worried and wants to speak to you.

What's wrong?

Did you run over another old lady?

- Everything's fine.

- Why did he call?

- A simple formality.

- Busybody.

These things happen, you know.

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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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