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Déjà s'envole la fleur maigre

Paul Meyer

  • French (with English, French, Italian, German subtitles); 85 min

Déjà s'envole la fleur maigre - Paul Meyer

Belgium, 1960, 85 min
  • Feature Documentary
  • Production: Cinéma Public Films / International Sales: Cinémathèque royale de Belgique

A diverse group of people from different nationalities struggle to earn a living in a Belgian coal-mining town. Hoping to find a better life, their dreams are shattered when coal prices hit an all-time low and production wipes out the main industry and livelihood of the workers. Mixing realism and the carnivalesque, Meyer exposes the 1946 Italo-Belgian treaty- an exchange of cheap Italian labor for Belgian coal- as a cynical exploitation of society’s most vulnerable and isolated.