Le Voyage à Paimpol (1985)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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In an amusing comedy that looks at the life and dreams and absurdities of a middle-class housewife, director John Berry has condensed everywoman's youthful experiences into the persona of Maryvonne (Myriam Boyer). The upbeat heroine works hard in a factory and one day meets and eventually falls for an attractive Arab co-worker. The two end up being a committed pair, especially after Maryvonne gives birth to their son. Meanwhile, the workers at the factory go on strike, and the young mother fantasizes that she is leading them a la Joan of Arc, or as a Russian revolutionary. When a journalist arrives to record the strike, he encourages Maryvonne to write her account of matters -- he has his ulterior motives, but she immediately sets pen to paper and comes up with several notebooks. The journalist is in Paimpol, and as Maryvonne makes the train to meet him, her dreams and his reality are set on a collision course.