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La Voleuse de Saint-Lubin

La Voleuse de Saint-Lubin

A Feature film by Claire Devers

Produced by Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

Production year : 1999

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Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

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On 22 February 1996, the French newspaper "Le Monde" reported the acquittal of a young mother tried for stealing meat from a supermarket near Poitiers.
The acquittal drew on the concept of "dire need," an old judicial precedent also "the right to bread." The newspaper article concluded with the opinion that the "verdict was just and humane."
A few days afterwards, the public prosecuter appealed.
Two months later, the initial verdict was rescinded on appeal. The young mother was found guilty-as-charged and sentenced.
Françoise Barnier, the film's heroine, is also a mother.
She, too, once committed a theft.
Her situation was critical, but no more so than usual. She was not in debt. She had always rejected the degradation of unmanageable debt and reliance on charity, and had struggled to live according to the rules laid down by society and the law. But that day, she stole. Trapped in a dead-end life of endless frustration and deprivation, she chose to commit an act of violence, futility, and absurdity of which she recognized, but one that somehow made her feel liberated, as if she was cutting the Gordian knot.
We witness her progress through the judicial system.One in which two concepts of justice and law will be brought face-to-face.

Full credits (17)

Executive Producer :

Gilles Sandoz

Screenwriters :

Claire Devers, Jean-Louis Benoît

Sound Recordist :

Laurent Poirier

Assistant Operator :

Loïc Savouré

Editors :

Marie Castro, Monica Coleman

Assistant editor :

Hélène Noir

Production Designer :

Jean Castelnau

Costume designer :

Anne David

Location Manager :

Dimitri Billecocq

Assistant director :

Julie Gavras

Director of photography :

Hélène Louvart

Sound Assistant :

Vincent Goujon

Production Manager :

Pascal Bonnet

Sound Editor :

Raphaël Girardot

Continuity supervisor :

Sylvie Koechlin

Music Composer :

Béatrice Thiriet

Sound mixer :

Anne Le Campion

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Feature film

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Justice, News story

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100% French

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1 h 18 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (5)

BFI London Film Festival - 2000

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2000)


Films selected

Berlin - Youth Film Forum - 1999

Berlin - Youth Film Forum (Germany, 1999)


Feature Film Forum