A man adjusting to a new way of life finds his principles tested in this drama from filmmaker Robert Guediguian. Michel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) spent much of his adult life working on the docks in Marseilles; he rose through the ranks to become a union delegate, and he's a proud leftist who believes in the dignity of labor and the importance of the working class. When an economic downturn leads to layoffs at his company, fifty-something Robert accepts early retirement, and he comes to enjoy spending more time with his wife Marie-Claire (Ariane Ascaride) and their family. One day, intruders break into Robert and Marie-Claire's home, robbing them of cash and plane tickets they were going to use for a vacation. Robert is shocked to discover one of the thieves is Christophe (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet), who worked with him on the docks, and while Robert wants to see justice done, he has mixed feelings about sending Christophe to prison, especially since the younger man didn't get a golden handshake when he was let go, and Christophe is supporting two younger brothers. Les neiges du Kilimanjaro (aka The Snows of Kilimanjaro received its world premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
by Mark Deming synopsis