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The War is Over (French: La Guerre est Finie-1966) is a French drama film about a leftist in Franco's Spain, directed by Alain Resnais and starring Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, and Geneviève Bujold.[1] Joseph Losey directed a sequel, Roads to the South (French: Les Routes du Sud-1978).

The War is Over
(La Guerre est Finie)
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Directed byAlain Resnais
Produced byAnatole Dauman
Gisèle Rebillon
Catherine Winter
Written byJorge Semprún
StarringYves Montand
Ingrid Thulin
Geneviève Bujold
Jean Bouise
Music byGiovanni Fusco
CinematographySacha Vierny
Edited byEric Pluet
Ziva Postec
Europa Film
Distributed byCocinor (France)
Brandon Films Inc. (USA)
Release date
  • 11 May 1966 (1966-05-11)
Running time
121 minutes


In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, the communist veteran Diego (Yves Montand) has dedicated his life to continuing the struggle against the Francoist State while he lives in exile in Paris. Lately, however, he has become war-weary and skeptical about the tactics of the extremist underground.

After meeting Nadine (Geneviève Bujold) by using his father's passport, he learns that she is involved with an alternative extremist group that is planning an armed attack in Spain. When he meets the young extremists who will execute the plan, he tries to persuade them to abandon the action as misconceived, but they ignore him. The leaders of the underground meanwhile send Diego on a mission to Barcelona along with a new recruit, perhaps as a way of getting rid of him; the police have since discovered his identity. His lover, Marianne (Ingrid Thulin), who has received a warning from Nadine, attempts to intercept him before he is arrested.



The film was nominated for an Academy Award for its script and won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Foreign Language Film.


  1. ^ "The War is over". Retrieved 2014-03-13.

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