● Toronto International Film Festival, Special Presentation
● Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Official Selection
● Dubai International Film Festival, Official Selection, Arabian Nights Section
Edith (Sandrine Bonnaire), a 45-year-old textile factory worker, has had her life turned upside down when she is laid-off as the factory she works in is relocated to Morocco.
A lonely widow, estranged from her son, her work is her foundation and her dignity. She decides to transfer to Morocco rather than to remain in France without employment. Conditions are tough, however Edith reinvents herself physically and even morally, and in the process finds the two things which count for her: work and friendship.
Writer-director Gaël Morel offers an affecting portrait of a woman who traverses two troubled worlds – the collapsing working class structures of France, and the archaic conditions and exploitation she encounters in Morocco. Lit up by the performance of Sandrine Bonnaire, the story is filled with intense emotion.
WHERE AND WHEN?
18.30, Monday 5th, March / Gate Cinema
Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard
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