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A Feature film by Jacques Doillon

Produced by Les Films du Losange

Release in France : 03/09/2003


    Raja is an orphan. She’s known the worst and she doesn’t believe that life can suddenly get better. To survive, she would like to work “honestly.”
    Fred is a Westerner, the type of guy who, in terms of emotions, no longer values very much. When he meets Raja while she’s seeding the lawn in his garden, he likes her immediately. He wants to seduce her, nothing more. He’s after a casual fling. It shouldn’t be too hard. Raja senses that he only wants to have a bit of fun and then he’ll dump her; she knows that story all too well. And yet, she’d like to believe in this man. She manages to become his housekeeper, but as she refuses his advances, Fred thinks that she’s taking him for a ride and is only interested in marriage and a visa so as to get a better life.
    Neither of them speaks each other’s language and misunderstandings inevitably develop. She gets fired, rebels and hooks up with the fiancé she’d left behind but who has one thing in his favor, namely that, like her, he is used to an impoverished existence.
    Fred is desperate and is tormented by the idea that he’ll lose her forever, while Raja can’t stand not seeing him. He employs her again and in a desperate effort to keep her near him, also employs her fiancé as chauffeur with the idea that the two will marry. She feels totally humiliated and is convinced that it’s pointless to hope for anything from Fred.
    Money, feelings and heartache continue to do the rounds. For Raja, nothing will have changed. While Fred must deal with the certitude that he’s gone about everything in the wrong way. He must also deal with the possibility of suffering in order to perhaps love at last.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Losange

    Foreign production company :

    Agora Films

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

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    Les Films du Losange

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    Photos (4)

    Full credits (9)

    Author of original work :

    Jacques Doillon

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Doillon

    Sound recordists :

    Brigitte Taillandier, Florent Lavallée

    Editor :

    Gladys Joujou

    Costume designer :

    Emma Bellocq

    Producer :

    Margaret Menegoz

    Director of photography :

    Hélène Louvart

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie Queysanne

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Morocco, France

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    Majority French (Morocco, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

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    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    News (2)

    Festival Selections (14)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2004

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2004)



    Ghent Film Festival - 2003

    Ghent Film Festival (Belgium, 2003)


    Official Competition

    FIFF - 2003

    FIFF (Belgium, 2003)


    Official Competition

    TIFF - 2003

    TIFF (Canada, 2003)


    Special Presentations

    Venice International Film Festival  - 2003

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2003)


    Official Competition


    Venice International Film Festival  - 2003

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2003)


    Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Promising Young Actor or Actress : Najat Benssallem