A solemn Senegalese immigrant in Paris finds himself in a moral struggle after he strikes up a fleeting romance with a recent divorcee while raising money for his wife and children back home.
French social-realist filmmaker Philippe Faucon (Cesar Best Picture and PFF24’s FATIMA) infuses this Cannes Directors’ Fortnight standout with the souls of classic works from Sirk, Fassbinder, and Haynes. After living away from his family for nine years, Senegalese immigrant AMIN (newcomer Moustapha Mbengue) grapples with loneliness and depression while working as a construction worker to raise money to send back to his family. He is just one of the thousands of men on the same plight, populating group homes throughout the suburbs of the City of Light. But there is a glimmer of happiness, however fleeting, when he finds a kindred, lonely soul in well-to-do, divorced nurse Gabrielle (Emmanuelle Devos). Gabrielle is fighting for custody of her daughter and while AMIN works on her home, she finds comfort in his arms. It isn’t long before AMIN’s less frequent trips home raises suspicion from his wife Aïcha (Mareme N’Diaye), which forces him to confront his actions before all that he has sacrificed for falls apart. Director Faucon continues to shed a sensitive spotlight on the marginalized citizens of France and provides not only a captivating drama, but also creates space for empathy and understanding for those often overlooked.
CAST: Moustache Mbengue, Emmanuelle Devos, Marème N’Diaye, Noureddine Benallouche
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