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A young watchmaker in Switzerland joins an anarchist movement and meets a Russian traveler.


Why watch this film?

"Unrest" is a thought-provoking drama that takes place in a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Directed by Cyril Schäublin, the film explores the impact of new technologies on the lives of the working-class people in the town. The story follows Josephine, a young factory worker who is involved in the production of the unrest wheel, a critical component of the mechanical watch. As she becomes exposed to new ways of organizing labor and money, she gets involved in the anarchist movement and meets Pyotr Kropotkin, a Russian traveler. The film is a beautifully crafted commentary on the social and economic changes that come with technological progress. The cinematography is stunning, capturing the beauty of the Swiss countryside and the intricate details of the watchmaking process. The performances are excellent, with Clara Gostynski delivering a standout performance as Josephine. "Unrest" is a must-see for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, labor, and social change. It's a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.



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New technologies are transforming a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Josephine, a young factory worker, produces the unrest wheel, swinging in the heart of the mechanical watch. Exposed to new ways of organizing money, time and labour, she gets involved with the local movement of the anarchist watchmakers, where she meets Russian traveller Pyotr Kropotkin.

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