Synopsis

SYNOPSIS


Hélène and Paul are a bourgeois French couple who are constantly racing through the day to keep up with all of their obligations, barely taking the time to look at each other. As they are rushing off to an engagement, Paul and Hélène witness Malika, a young prostitute, being violently attacked by a group of men just outside of their car. As Malika is beaten and left for dead, Paul locks the doors and speeds off. Malika ends up hospitalized and in a coma.

The following morning, Hélène is overwhelmed by guilt and decides to locate the woman she saw victimized. She finds Malika in the hospital and becomes determined to care for the young woman. Helene puts all of her obligations aside to be with Malika and help her recover.

While caring for her, Hélène becomes aware that the pimps who attacked Malika refuse to leave her alone. So, she makes herself responsible, not only for restoring Malika's health, but also maintaining her safety. As she nurses Malika through her recovery, Hélène realizes that her life has been changed forever. She can never return to her selfish husband and son. She belongs with Malika, who desperately needs her, as the criminals who beat her have no intention of letting her live.

With Hélène gone, her husband Paul is revealed as being totally helpless, unable to complete even the simplest of household tasks. Their hypocritical teenage son Fabrice is a mirror image of his Dad, and soon gets into hot water with both his fiancée and his girlfriend.

Meanwhile, Malika tells Hélène her shocking history. She ran away from her family after her father sold her to an Algerian businessman. Homeless, living on the streets, she was turned into a sex slave by a vicious criminal organization, using the name Noémie. But Malika has worked out an elaborate plot to get both her freedom and her revenge, and she enlists Hélène to aid her.

France, 2001
109 min., Unrated
In French with English Subtitles
Color

FILMMAKERS

Directed by
Written by
Producer
Line Producer
Director of Photography
Production Designer
Film Editor
Sound

Costume Designer
Original Score
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Script Supervisor
Casting


2nd Unit Camera
Camera Assistant
Boon Operator
Make-up Artist
Key Hair Artist
Props Supervisor
Set Dresser
Unit Manager
Set Decorator
Locations
Stunt Supervisor
Stunt People

Foley Editor

Sitcom crew
Director
1st Assistant Director
COLINE SERREAU
COLINE SERREAU
ALAIN SARDE
CHRISTINE GOZLAN
JEAN-FRANÇOIS ROBIN, A.F.C.
MICHÈLE ABBE
CATHERINE RENAULT
PIERRE LORRAIN
MURIEL MOREAU JÖEL RANGON
KAREN SERREAU
LUDOVIC NAVARRE
ALAIN CENTONZE
DOMINIQUE FURGÉ
PILAR BILLIET
BRUNO LEVY
OLIVIER CARBONE
DAN BERTHIER
PIERRIC GANTELMI D’ILLE
DAMIEN TESSANDIER
MARTIN BOISSAU
KAATJE VAN DAMME
GERALD PORTENANT
MICHEL GRIMAUD
CATHERINE WERNER SCHMIT
JEAN-PIERRE CHEVALLIER
MARC SAUSSET
NICOLAS FAGARD
GILLES CONSEIL
EMILIE JUMEAUX
CLAIRE LEROY
JONATHAN LIEBLING


SAMUEL TASINAJE
BÉRANGÈRE GROS
A LES FILMS ALAIN SARDE - FRANCE 2 CINEMA - ENILOC co-production With the participation of CANAL +

CAST


Hélène
Paul
Noémie/Malika
Mamie
Fabrice
Touki
Florence
Charlotte
Marsat
Pali
Young cop
Tarek
Zora
Blanchet
Nicole
Barman
1st guy
Zoriza
Henri
Sitcom cast


CATHERINE FROT
VINCENT LINDON
RACHIDA BRAKNI
LINE RENAUD
AURÉLIEN WIIK
IVAN FRANEK
CHLOÉ LAMBERT
MARIE DENARNAUD
MICHEL LAGUEYRIE
WOJTEK PSZONIAK
ERIC POULAIN
OMAR-ECHÉRIFF ATTALAH
HAJAR NOUMA
JEAN-MARC STEHLÉ
LÉA DRUCKER
NICOLAS SERREAU
JEAN-LOUP MICHOU
JULIE DURAND
SIMON BAKHOUCHE
DELPHINE BIBET
SYLVIE RABOUTET
NICOLAS LARTIGUE