Montand is Diego, a longtime revolutionary who lives in Paris. He has been active against the Spanish government and is now returning from Madrid carrying a false passport. The Guardia Civil stops him at the border and tries to determine his real identity, but a call to his Paris phone
number turns up Nadine (Bujold), a student in the revolutionary movement who corroborates his papers. Diego returns to Paris to learn that his pals have been captured in Madrid and that his local contact, Juan (Remi), went back to Spain at the same time he was returning to France. Diego wants to
help Juan, but has difficulties enlisting any aid for the mission.
He turns briefly to Nadine for love, but soon goes back to his former mistress Marianne (Thulin), a divorcee who is raising a son on her own. Diego still yearns to go to Madrid to aid the cause, but others in his group forbid their well-known colleague from going and send another (Jean Bouise) in
his place. Diego must also contend with the plans of Nadine and her student comrades to terrorize tourists in Spain in order to publicize their political beliefs. Ultimately, though, Diego does head for Madrid, where things go awry almost instantly.
This picture has more tension than action, which is typical of director Resnais, who gave us the endlessly teasing LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD. Filmed in and around Paris, LA GUERRE EST FINIE never did much at the box office and sank into the sunset all too quickly. Not Resnais' greatest effort, but a
provocative portrait of political rebels and a challenging anti-war film just the same.
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