May 1968 in Paris. He is in the police. She is a demonstrator. He, the father, is completely against the revolt. She, the daughter, brandishes ideas of freedom. Both of them are opposed to each other in two opposite camps. Given the extreme difference of their roles and positions, an open confrontation between them is quite simply unimaginable. Today, Justine, the film director mentioned earlier, is in her early sixties. She remembers the malaise of the inexpressible intensity she felt at the time:

I was always scared I would find myself face to face with my father and I wondered what would happen then. We would be on opposite sides. He’d be opposite me and about to charge. He’d be about to throw a grenade at us. I’d be about to throw stones at him. It was extremely difficult. I remember that at the time he was slightly less rigid than usual because he was also scared that he would find himself opposite me. And he must have wondered what he would do if he met me. During the day, each of us had been involved in very different political activities, very much in combat. And then we met up at the family dinner table. For the adolescent that I was, it was a very difficult thing to do. Afterwards, when things had calmed down a bit he always said: “We didn’t kill anyone!”


Presidential Election Primary School Teacher Political Disagreement Early Sixty Difficult Thing 
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