Zef, 20, is a simple soul, a simpleton so full of love that he can only say one word, " Love-you ". Zef loves the whole world. He’s always happy. Another of the village’s native sons is Paul Gontier, a cold, ruthless, sharp-tongued businessman, Gontier now lives mostly in Paris but owns a luxurious château near the village. He is there with his second wife Anne, and his daughter, Marie. Marie, 18, lives under her father’s oppressive authority. Zef is attracted by Marie’s sad smile. Marie is warmed by Zef’s kindness. That evening, she slips out of her father’s house to visit her mother, Christine. On the way back she meets Zef, who has just accidentally witnessed Sophie and Robert making violent love together. In all innocence, he follows their example and copies their behavior on Marie. Zef is locked up in a local mental home. Marie, already a delicate child before the rape, now shrinks into a shell of total silence. Her father sends her to a psychiatric clinic in a distant part of France. The doctor appointed to treat Marie is Hugues, a psychiatric with a gentle, progressive approach. His motto is " Love heals all ".
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As one who has spent his life in show business, I was naturally itching with desire to direct my first feature, but I was waiting for the right story to tell, the one that would make that itch unbearable. In writing “T’Aime,” I realized I’d got it. This film is born for the big screen. It’s the exact opposite of what people expect me to do, yet it’s me through and through. It’s what I believe, what I feel and what I am. It’s full of questions that haunt me and answers that obsess me. This film is the message that I want to get across. Zef, Marie, Hugues, Paul, Christine, Louis and all the other characters have sprung from my imagination to live on the movie screen; now they can enter the minds of audiences.
Patrick Sébastien, Director