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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

    Synopsis

    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    Two months later, the initial verdict was rescinded on appeal.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.

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    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

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    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Justice, News story

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 18 min

    Current status :

    Visa number :

    94.989

    Approval :

    No

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (5)

    BFI London Film Festival - 2000

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2000)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum - 1999

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum (Germany, 1999)

    Selection

    Feature Film Forum