In southern France, in a quite little town, the mayor, who also owns a castle with some cattle, is in the wine cellar with some other people: the pharmacist, the veterinary, and some of his employees. As they are drinking wine, they hear a terrible noise and the heat's getting higher and higher. They don't realize what's happening: when they come out of the cellar, they realize that everything has burned, and all the buildings are destroyed...
Visually convincing post-apocalyptic story set in rural France. The characters aren't too deep but the story pays out steadily enough to engage.
Although released back in 1981, this quiet french slowburner feels like a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic scenario. Now I've got to rewatch Haneke's Time of the Wolf to see how the two compare.