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Half a Life (film)

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Director  Romain Goupil
Writer  Romain Goupil
Running time  1h 37m
Country  France
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
Screenplay  Romain Goupil
Language  French
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Release date  1982 (1982)
Awards  Cesar Award for Best First Feature Film
Cast  Romain Goupil, Jacques Kebadian, Henri Weber, Pierre Goupil, Sophie Goupil
Similar movies  May 1968 events in France movies, Political movies, Documentaries

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Half a Life (French: Mourir à 30 ans) is a 1982 film directed by Romain Goupil, which won the Caméra d'Or and Award of the Youth (French film) at the Cannes Film Festival, and the César Award for Best Debut.


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The film is a biographical black and white documentary about Michel Recanati, a militant leader during the May 1968 riots in Paris.

It tells the story of two friends through the left-wing groups in Paris between 1966 and 1978 when Michel goes missing and it is later discovered that he committed suicide. It is a personal tale as well as an in-depth look at the political scene in France during those years. It also documents the history of the CAL [Highschool Student Action Committee] and the LCR Revolutionary Communist League .

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Much of the original footage filmed over 10 years before the 1982 movie documentary was also filmed by Goupil. His father Pierre worked in the cinema and Romain armed with a super 8 camera took some footage of the student riots and meetings from that time in Paris.

There is footage of speeches by Alain Krivine a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France and a member of the Revolutionary Communist League known by the acronym LCR Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire .

Other key figures of the French Left are interviewed at various points in the documentary. They include Trotskyst journalist Maurice Najman , also Henri Weber when he was a leading member of the Trotskyist Revolutionary Communist Youth known in French as: (JCR) Jeunesse communiste révolutionnaire and also a member of Revolutionary Communist League (LCR)


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