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Monday Morning, May 1

46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Thursday, May 1, 2003
Otar Iosseliani France/Italy, 2002

(Lundi matin). This acclaimed, Tati-esque comic odyssey from Otar Iosseliani follows the adventures of Vincent, a metalworker who walks out of his job in a French factory and hits the road, encountering an array of peculiar characters, and eventually discovering that it's easier to work than to be a traveler. Like its protagonist, the film is short on dialogue, and the cinematography's cool palette conveys the blue-gray quality of Vincent's life. The film gives a running commentary on the struggle between modernity and tradition—the final shot of spewing factory smokestacks indicates which is winning.

—Cathleen Rountree

• Written by Iosseliani. Photographed by William Lubtchansky. With Jacques Bidou, Anne Kravz-Tarnavsky, Narda Blanchet. (122 mins)