One autumn morning in 1958, Manuel, 27, finds himself in a convoy of seasonal workers heading for the harsh work in the Camargue rice fields. He has fled his country, Franco's Spain, where he is a wanted man after wounding a "civil guard" during the crack-down on a strike in the Bilbao mines. Penniless, looking for work, he falls into the clutches of a "labour trader", a certain Roger who hires out illegal immigrants on request and shamelessly exploits them... Little by little, beneath the outer aspect of this rough, brutal and hated man, Manuel discovers a lonely individual who craves affection...
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"The thing that charms me in Paul Carpita's films, even the most politically committed ones, is their deeply human content. Paul and I share the same work methods : we serve what is in front of our camera instead of dominating it and we never make the camera more important than people ! Paul started working like this ten years before anyone else. It is a tragedy that "Le Rendez-vous des quais" was banned and forgotten."
(Ken Loach - director)