"Life the Way It Is"
Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau
The second film by Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret
Things) is this gritty story of working women in the modern world.
Originally shot on 16mm for French television, Life the Way It Is (La
Vie Comme Ca) may be the director's most radical film, with its images
of suicide, group violence, and sexual pressure. Agnes Tessier leaves the
comfortable confines of school to work at a chemical factory in a slum
district with her friend Florence. When greeted with sexual harassment,
harsh conditions, and volatile coworkers, Agnes responds by applying for
the union rep position in order to challenge the status quo at the
factory. Stripped down to the essentials, the film reflects the fury of
working-class women everywhere. French with optional English subtitles. 95