FORTUNES AND MISFORTUNES OF THE FAMILIES OF THE NORTH
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The “heroes” of our story are the “two sides of the same coin” : a family of wool merchants - as rich and secretive as most of the famous big families of the North – and the workers (Messaoud, Maurice, Patrick and Bouzid) whose fate has been intricately linked to that of the merchant family through the decades.
The “plot”: the various business plans and strategies concocted and implemented by this great family in order to maximise their capital – often to the detriment of their employees who could only grin and bear the consequences.
A cross-portrait of “masters” and “servants” who look at bygone glory each from their own standpoint, with a mixture of nostalgia, bitterness and resignation : a story of fortunes and misfortunes in our post-industrialised society.
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