Diego Star

Dir.: Frédérick Pelletier | Canada, Belgium 2013 | 91 min

The Russian cargo ship Diego Star encounters machine problems and has to dock at the Canadian port city of Saint Lawrence River. The machinist Traoré from the Ivory Coast is temporarily accommodated at the house of the local single mother Fanny, and the two quickly develop a liking for each other. In the meantime, Traoré is being given the blame for the ship's problems, while in reality they are due to the fact that the ship's owner has been neglecting the motor. Traoré is fired and is now literally out in the cold - many miles away from home. He refuses to be cowed, takes up the battle against the ship's owners and tries to get help from the Canadian maritime authorities. 'Diego Star' is an unpredictable and sensitive, admirable and socially committed worker's tale about ruthless exploitation and the conditions for the working class of the global economy. With 'Diego Star', the Canadian debutant Frédérick Pelletier elegantly continues the legacy of the Dardenne brothers and shows that social realism has a future.

Original Title
Diego Star
Country
Canada, Belgium
Release Year
2013
Duration
91 min.
Directors
Frédérick Pelletier
Producer
Sylvain Corbeil, Pascal Bascaron, Nancy Grant, Marion Haensel
Script
Cast
Issaka Sawadogo, Chloe Bourgeois, Yassine Fadel, Abdelghafour Elaaziz, Nicole-Sylvie Lagarde, Marie-Claude Guerin
Camera
Philippe Roy
Sound
Frédéric Cloutier
Editor
Marie-Helene Dozo
Production Company
Man's Films, Metafilms
Version
Dialogue: French English Subtitles
Tempo
4
Thrills
6
Sighs
7
Laughs
1
Look
7
Food for thought
6