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The French film ‘LaVille est tranquille’ (The Town Is Quiet) directed by Robert Guediguian, which unfolds a dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis, will be screened at 6.30 pm on October 12, 2011 at Alliance Francasie de Colombo.
The film revolves around interesting characters including a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market worker with a drug addicted daughter and a moody bartender with a shocking secret life.
Marseille is a city of opposites. On one hand it gave its name to the left-wing solidarity song of
the workers, The Marseilles, and, on the other it has, since the rise of neo-fascist Jean-Marie Le
Pen, become a stronghold of the French National Front. Increasingly disillusioned by a socialist
government’s tightening of social service budgets disenfranchised by the closure of the docks
and angry with the sizeable Algerian populace; workers have abandoned the traditional left in