Direction : Hugues Le Paige
Duration : 86 minutes
Béta Digit 4/3
O.V. French / Italian
S.V. French / English
© 2005



Fabiana, Carlo, Claudio and Vincenzo… I met them in 1982 in Mercatale, their village in Tuscany, near Florence. They were aged between 25 and 45 and were cheerful militants in the Italian Communist Party, that strange party which has made its mark on history and which was both a school and a family for them. I have fi lmed in Mercatale every two or three years for over 20 years (1982/2004). The fi lm takes the “long view” of their political and personal development against the backdrop of village life. Stories with both human and political interest spanning over a quarter of a century with relevance for present day issues: what has become of the plans to change the world in Berlusconi’s Italy? From a more global perspective: what else can politics do? When the time comes to take stock the paths of their rich and varied personal lives cross once more with all their doubts and allegiances.

Data Sheet

  • Script and direction : Hugues Le Paige
  • Editing : France Duez
  • Image : Michel Boulogne, Michel Rousserez, Denis Henon
  • Sound : Thierry Feret
  • Original Music : Guy Dusart
  • Mixing : Michel Goosens
  • Production manager : Véronique Marit
  • Associate producer :
    DÉRIVES - Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
    LAPSUS - Esther Hoffenberg


With the support of the "Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique", the "Télédistributeurs wallons" and the "Région Wallonne" – de la Procirep

With the participation of the "Centre National de la Cinématographie"

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