The movie

La syndicaliste

A thriller investigation set in the world of nuclear power and politics.

Length: 112 min
Country: Frankrijk
Language spoken: Frans
Language subtitles: Nederlands
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Alexandra Maria Lara, Marina Foïs
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Release date: 2023-05-18


When union representative Maureen Kearney reveals a state secret as a whistleblower, she shakes the French nuclear industry. Alone and against all odds, she is fighting ministers and industrialists to expose this scandal and defends more than 50,000 jobs. One day when she is the victim of a violent robbery at home her life is completely turned upside down.While the police investigation is in full swing, doubts arise about the exact course of events and Maureen's victim role changes into a suspect. Maureen Kearney’s story is unbelievable. It is a story of unbelief, in fact — of denial, cover-ups, corruption and injustice directed at a small woman who was just doing her job. She’s played with an electric stillness by the great Isabelle Huppert in Jean-Paul Salome’s Venice Film Festival Horizons title The Sitting Duck (La Syndicaliste). There are still plenty of people who openly doubt her story, including people on her own side of politics. Perhaps it would be easier all round if it weren’t true.