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In matters of revolutionary thought, the main problem has always been the transition from theory to practical application, that is, the transformation of an idea into action. at 11H she has Theses on FeuerbachKarl Marx ordered the intellectuals to put their pen and direct intervention in the social field at the heart of the relations of production. Throughout the XXH A century ago, this call has been heard many times, and we remember eloquent peremptory gestures, such as that of the philosopher Simon Weil, in the mid-1930s, exchanging her tutor’s blouse for that of a press-worker at Alsthom or a milling-machine at Reno. .

A generation and a half later, upstream and downstream on May 68, the experience was renewed by a group of Maoist fighters who committed themselves to volunteer work in factories, in order to organize the working classes and multiply the outbreak of strikes. This movement, known as the “Institution”, was told by one of its main representatives, Robert Lenhardt, Normaline, a disciple of Louis Althusser, the agitator of Maoism in France, in an autobiographical and memorable book, tablewho witnessed in the first person this approach, not forgetting to draw up a balance sheet.

It is the text with such precision, and with it, this feat of military history, that Mathias Gökalp brings to the screen, in a second feature film that traces the social furrow it dug. nothing personal (2009). The story begins at the beginning of the 1968 academic year, during a medical examination at the end of which Robert, the fictional double of Lenhart, played by the excellent actor Swan Arlaud, is declared, under an assumed identity, suitable for employment at the Citroën assembly plant in Porte de Choisy, in Paris, at the same time which other comrades infiltrated elsewhere. Immediately, things are more difficult than expected. First put on the 2CV assembly line, Robert proved clumsy, damaged his hands, and fit poorly.

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The infernal pace of the factory, the repetitive gestures, the pressure and the bullying of the foreman, produce on the intruder a kind of colossal crushing, stupor of all will, which postpones his plan of mobilizing the staff. From the manager in person, Junot (Denis Podalydès), will come the opportunity, and it is presented on a board: when he decides to recover hours lost during the spring events, this one abusively extends the working day without doubling the salary. With the help of the trade union forces present (CFT, CGT, including a working priest played by Olivier Gourmet), a group of workers of various formations (Czech exiles, immigrants from North Africa or sub-Saharan Africa, rural people brought up in the capital…) soon gathers.

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