It's a story which befalls a woman, through a question she's asked : "Are you pregnant ?". She doesn't know, and on the spur of the moment she leaves it hanging. However that doesn't bode well for her boyfriend, who was planning on leaving her : he winds up believing it. Try as he will to tell he doesn't want a child, she does nothing to terminate... because in fact she's not pregnant. Only thing is , she can't manage to tell him. She leaves things be, only to further stave off the dreaded moment of breaking that spell wich draws him to her, conforts her very ill father and delights her entourage. Day by day, the fiction takes hold and nothing can seem to stop it.
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"Gestation, birth, childhood, adulthood and death. A simplistic falsehood expressing what in life is both ordinary and miraculous : the birth of a child. The miracle which in this story allows falsehood to flourish, is precisely that ordinary miracle of birth. "A Foreign Body" is an inside-out version : a "fiction" of one of the world's most ordinary stories : a woman becoming a mother." (Claire Simon)