The Brigade


Forty-five-year old Philippe is a fire station chief in the southwest of France, near Carcassonne. The summer is hot. Fires break out everywhere. Today Philippe welcomes a new recruit, Bénédicte, an experienced and dedicated firewoman. After Philippe, she is the highest ranked officer and not everyone in the brigade is happy to take orders from a woman. It doesn’t help that Bénédicte seems to blunder her first rescue mission, setting a sexist colleague, Xavier, against her. Tension is raised both in the field and within the brigade. The ironic French title (that can be translated as "Men of Fire") highlights the role of strong women like Bénédicte, the true heroine of the film, who fights not only fires but also the misogynistic culture of the brigade.



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