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Rated NR · 107 minutes · 2011

Drama
Guillaume Canet (best known here as the writer-director of Tell No One) plays a solitary, working-class Parisian who tries to better his lot after falling for a tough single mother from Lebanon (Leila Bekhti). The two risk everything to open a bed-and-breakfast, only to be overwhelmed by debts and forced into poverty. Director Cedric Kahn (L'Ennui) situates this melodramatic story within a precisely observed social reality, thoroughly detailing the business of loan applications, restaurant management, and living on 200 euros a month. As in the Depression-era romances of Frank Borzage (Man's Castle; Little Man, What Now?), the hard facts enhance the film's emotional impact. In French with subtitles.


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Director: Cédric Kahn
Producer: Kristina Larsen, Daniel Louis, Denise Robert and Gilles Sandoz
Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Guillaume Canet, Slimane Khettabi, Paul Finnigan, Claudia Jurt, Line Boutin and Dan Demarbre

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