The Assembly Line


US Premiere

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Mathias Gokalp, 2023, France, 117 min
With Mélanie Thierry, Olivier Gourmet, Swann Arlaud
In French with English subtitles

In May 1968, the largest general strikes ever seen halted the labor of two-thirds of France’s workforce. Set on the heels of that upheaval, Robert (Swann Arlaud), an academic and far-left activist, takes a job as a car factory line worker, aiming to infiltrate the factory and rekindle the revolutionary fire—but the majority of workers are tired of political struggles. When the company demands extra work by all employees without compensation, Robert sees the opportunity to ignite a social movement.

Gokalp finally has the judicious intuition not only to illuminate the reality of a distant and bygone era, but also that of our time.” — Les Inrockuptibles