When Marc Châtaigne (Vincent Macaigne) snags an internship with a French government ministry, he is surprised to learn that his assignment is to launch a ski resort in tropical French Guyana. Naturally, once in Guyana, everything that could go wrong goes wrong: the resort site is overgrown, a dogged tax collector is on Marc’s heels, and an encounter with local guerillas propels Marc deep into the jungle. Luckily, he is accompanied by the beautiful Tarzan (Vimala Pons).

Relentlessly inventive, Struggle for Life is a riotous send-up of an aging France buried in administrative absurdities, a deeply eccentric take on the state of the nation that gives way to an offbeat love story.

This Young French Cinema program was made possible with the support of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

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Antonin Peretjatko
French with English subtitles
Running Time
99 minutes
Digital, Color