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A Feature film by Laura Schroeder

Release in France : 19/07/2017


    Catherine returns to Luxembourg from Switzerland following a period of ten years during which her daughter Alba was raised by her own mother Elisabeth. From the side of the tennis court, she watches Elisabeth coach Alba, her face clearly showing how well she remembers this mixture of stimulus and humiliation from her own childhood. The roles in this female family trio have been assigned. Does Catherine stand any sort of chance of being a mother to her daughter after so much time has passed? On a spontaneous trip to the family’s summer house, Alba and Catherine’s wounds and longings come out into the open. Sometimes they seem more like two very different sisters, who dance together in the garden and wear the same childish sweatshirts. When they bury Catherine’s dog Charbon in the forest, they resemble two children performing a ceremony for a pet. Catherine named the dog after a song, “Black Like Coal” – the same dark colour as the depressive moods she takes tablets to ward off. The gentleness of Laura Schroeder’s storytelling is shot through with serious undertones, supported by a carefully chosen soundtrack and most of all her superb actors.


    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Mact Productions

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    Foreign production companies :

    Entre Chien et Loup, Red Lion Films

    French distribution :

    Alfama Films Production

    Photos (11)

    Full credits (9)

    Screenwriters :

    Marie Nimier, Laura Schroeder

    Director of photography :

    Hélène Louvart

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Matilde Incerti

    Production Designer :

    Christina Schaffer

    Costume designer :

    Uli Simon

    Foreign producers :

    Pol Cruchten, Jeanne Geiber

    Sound recordists :

    Pascal Jasmes, Marc Bastien, Loïc Collignon

    Editor :

    Damien Keyeux

    Music Composer :

    Petra Jean Phillipson

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Luxembourg, Belgium

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby 5.1

    Posters (1)


    News (4)

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    Delegations (3)