The War Is Over (1966 film)

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The War is Over
(La Guerre est Finie)
Guerre finie.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Alain Resnais
Written by Jorge Semprún
Produced by Anatole Dauman
Gisèle Rebillon
Catherine Winter
Starring Yves Montand
Ingrid Thulin
Geneviève Bujold
Jean Bouise
Cinematography Sacha Vierny
Edited byEric Pluet
Ziva Postec
Music by Giovanni Fusco
Europa Film
Distributed by Cocinor (France)
Brandon Films Inc. (USA)
Release date
  • 11 May 1966 (1966-05-11)
Running time
121 minutes

The War Is Over (French : La Guerre est finie-1966) is a French drama film about a leftist in Franco's Spain, directed by Alain Resnais and starring Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin and Geneviève Bujold. [1] Joseph Losey directed a sequel, Roads to the South (French : Les Routes du Sud-1978). In July 2021, the film was shown in the Cannes Classics section at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. [2]



In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, communist veteran Diego has dedicated his life to continuing the struggle against the Francoist State while he lives in exile in Paris. Lately, however, he has become war-weary and skeptical about the tactics of the extremist underground.

After meeting Nadine by using her father's passport, Diego learns that she is involved with an alternative extremist group that is planning an armed attack in Spain. When he meets the young extremists who will execute the plan, he tries to persuade them to abandon the action as misconceived, but they ignore him. The leaders of the underground send Diego on a mission to Barcelona along with a new recruit, perhaps as a way of getting rid of him as the police have since discovered his identity. His lover Marianne, who has received a warning from Nadine, attempts to intercept him before he is arrested.



The film was nominated for an Oscar for its script and won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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  1. "The War is over". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  2. "2021 Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Orson Welles, Powell and Pressburger, Tilda Swinton & More". The Film Stage. Retrieved 25 June 2021.