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18-year-old Léa overflows with energy, despite being a grump. Her 14-year-old sister, Aurélie, is smart and studious. They've no reason to be happy, but are anyway. They live in the poor eastern suburbs where they split their time between the gym (their real HQ) and the small apartment that they share with their mother, Laure. A few years back, their father, who was mad about deep-sea diving, died from the bends after surfacing too quickly. Laure has stopped trying to hide her relationship with Vincent, the local cop. He and the two girls share a mutual mistrust of each other. Then 19-year-old Anne-Sophie turns up from Versailles. She's come to see Bernard, the man she loves, although her mother thinks she's working as an instructor at winter camp up in the Alps. See Bernard she does… in the arms of another woman. Lost amongst the apartment blocks, AnneSo takes shelter in the gym, and gets ready "to finish things off." But she meets Léa and Aurélie before getting any further. It's not exactly love at first sight: Léa, sensing complications, is suspicious of this middle-class "westie." Aurélie, generous and chatty, easily makes friends and begs her sister to take AnneSo in. Léa accepts… in exchange for cash. A complicity develops between the three girls, despite all the things that – artificially – separate them. They form an alliance, intent on taking revenge against all men. AnneSo, rejected by Bernard, passes him off for her father. Léa and Aurélie help her – their way of getting their own back against the father who was tactless enough to get the bends, deserting them. Then the day comes when they'll be caught in their own game…
Everything stemmed from a desire to show an optimistic housing project. A housing project with hope, a project that struggles to avoid being a cliché. It’s like the housing project where I was born – in more peaceful times, of course. It all started with an urge to look at the future of girls who grow up in those places, which can be terrifying when seen from afar (and sometimes from close-up, too). It all started with a simple incident. Three girls decided to take revenge on horrible male fantasies. They were portrayed beyond my wildest dreams – by Olivia, Audrey, and then Axelle. The actresses understood everything, gave so much of themselves, and often had fun. They were so close to each other that sometimes I felt left out. But every morning I had their image of hope before my eyes. The tender, painful image of a housing project where I was born.
Serge Meynard, Director