Footnotes

A delightful film about serious matters, this 2016 musical comedy uses the winning story of a successful labor strike at a shoe factory to consider the impact of France’s ongoing recession on the working class. The young protagonist, laid off from her clerk job, hires on at the factory, only to learn that the CEO wants to close it and transfer production to China. She and her coworkers protest, cementing their camaraderie with upbeat song-and-dance numbers, and the celebratory attitude is infectious. The performances, songs, and choreography are all charmingly low-key, giving the film a handmade quality that suggests pride in a job well done. Paul Calori and Kostia Testut directed their own script. In French with subtitles.