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les grandes ondes ( longwave )

Lionel Baier | 2013 | O.V. French, Portuguese | S.T. English | Switzerland, France, Portugal | 85min | color

Synopsis :

In April 1974, Swiss radio reporters Julie and Cauvain are dispatched to Portugal to report on Swiss aid projects in the country. They soon realize, though, that the aid projects are bogus and their pompous boss is using them. Despite strict orders to return home, they head to Lisbon when the so-called Carnation Revolution breaks out and a military coup overturns Portugal’s 40-year dictatorship. With help from their soundman, Bob, and their interpreter, Pélé, a teenager obsessed with Marcel Pagnol films, the two reporters are determined to put together a memorable report (even if Cauvain’s memory is no longer up to snuff). Valérie Donzelli and Michel Vuillermoz are a hoot to watch as the mismatched, bickering duo, one a hard-core feminist and the other a sexist but endearing veteran whose better days are behind him. With great wit and tenderness, Swiss filmmaker Lionel Baier delivers a wonderful and bittersweet feature that reflects on individual and collective memory and often borrows freely from both musicals and mockumentaries.

With the support of Consulat général de Suisse www.eda.admin.ch/montreal