Le Travail C'Est La Liberte (1959)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

One of the several types of "New Wave" cinema emerging from France at this time, Le Travail C'est La Liberte does not make a very big splash. The story, meant to be amusing, involves three prison inmates who because of their good behavior are given the responsibility -- under strict police supervision -- of collecting garbage for the city. The regular collectors are on strike. The policemen supervisors are not all that strict, and what the convicts really want to do is get in together with their girlfriends. So for a good part of the 85-minute running time, their various attempts to find their lovers are chronicled with a minimum comic veneer.