A Mediterranean scrubland. The relentless noise of crickets. In the distance a highway and the procession of lorries travelling through the countryside at top speed.
Among the green oaks and thorn bushes the construction of a leisure Centre is nearing completion. For the time being the tennis courts, swimming pool and sports halls are still empty but already flashy.
On the other side, from the building workers' prefabs can be heard the happy chaos of children shouting, families getting together and Ramadan celebrations.
Moving incessantly between the two, are Fabienne, daughter of the manageress of the Centre, and Latifa, daughter of one of the workers.
Fabienne and Latifa are friends, they tell each other everything, or almost... When you are 16 there are secrets that you donUt share, even with your best friend. Then, there are questions which one would love to be able to answer and mysteries one would love to understand...
The Centre's opening day approaches. It is the day of Fabienne's 16th birthday. But why do her mother Anne and her uncle Tom seem to be so fearful of that day ?
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Full credits (14)
- Executive Producer : Bertrand Van Effenterre
- Assistant Director : Philippe Tourret
- Sound Recordist : Daniel Ollivier
- Line Producer : Xavier Carniaux
- Director of Photography : Yorgos Arvanitis
- Sound Assistant : Denis Guilhem
- Editor : Joële Van Effenterre
- Production Designer : Frédéric Duru
- Music Composer : Philippe Sarde
- Foley artist : Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans
- Costume designer : Pascaline Suty
- Sound Mixer : Gérard Rousseau
- Type : Feature film
- Genres : Fiction
- Sub-genre : Drama
- Production language : French
- Production country : France
- Original French-language productions : Unspecified
- Nationality : 100% French (France)
- Production year : 1993
- French release : 22/09/1993
- Runtime : 1 h 37 min
- Current status : Released
- Visa number : 80.323
- Visa issue date : 11/10/1993
- Approval : Yes
- Production formats : 35mm
- Color type : Color
- Aspect ratio : CinemaScope
- Audio format : Dolby SR