Robert lives in a suburb in northern France with his wife and children, Michel (15 years old) and Louise (8). He earns a modest living as a photographer with the local newspaper, eavesdropping on police frequencies, stalking human interest stories, and rushing to the site of road accidents. He doesn't have much time to think about moral issues. And yet, as the year 2000 dawns, Robert wants to make it big. He wants to get into the record books and win the car promised by the local chamber of commerce. Any exploit will do the trick.
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"Les Convoyeurs attendent" is often categorized as a contemporary social fable. It's true that today's lack of spirituality lies at the heart of the film. The protagonists go through life without thinking or reflecting, just like the world in which they move – like the door that opens and closes. But this social backdrop is only there to reveal the family, because the film is above all about a father – about his silence, his fears, his emptiness. We can't help loving him despite his foolishness, his lack of judgment and his inability to communicate. The same you way can love Don Quixote for tilting at windmills. The enormous energy wasted by Roger Closset moves me and makes me laugh, even if the laughter sometimes sounds politely despairing.
Benoît Mariage – Director