A situation that has become, sadly, all too common: factory workers are suddenly informed that the business is about to shut down. But this time, the workers, employed at the Starissima factory outside of Orleans, decide to take action. They quickly band together into a cooperative, and start to run the business themselves. Mariana Otero’s superb film carefully chronicles the entire process: the coming together of the often skeptical employees, their early successes, and later disappointments with the harsh realities of modern manufacturing. Not only a great document for our times, but also a rich, revealing drama that introduces us to a remarkable cast of characters.
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