Official Selection


by Antoine Barraud
France, Belgium, Switzerland, 2021, 102', color
Screenplay: Antoine Barraud in collaborazione con in collaboration with Héléna Klotz
14:00 Sala Perla Press, Industry
16:45 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
22:00 Sala Astra 1 Tickets, all Accreditations
22:15 Sala Astra 2  Tickets, all Accreditations

Gordon Spooner
Anita Roth
Romain Trouillet

Jürg Lempen
Benjamin Benoit
Emmanuel de Boissieu
production design
Katia Wyszkop
Claire Dubien

Virginie Efira
(Judith Fauvet)
Bruno Salomone
(Melvil Fauvet)
Quim Gutiérrez
(Abdel Soriano)
Loïse Benguerel
(Ninon Soriano)
Jacqueline Bisset
Valérie Donzelli
(Madeleine Reynal)
Nadav Lapid
Thomas Gioria
(Joris Fauvet)
François Rostain
Nathalie Boutefeu
Mona Walravens

Les films du Bélier
Jean-Yves Roubin
Cassandre Warnauts
Joëlle Bertossa
Flavia Zanon
Philippe Logie
Arlette Zylberberg
Frakas Productions
Close Up Films
VOO & Be tv
executive producer
Justin Taurand

with the support of
Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
with the participation of
in association with
Cofimage 31
Cinécap 3
Manon 10

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international press office

Judith manages a busy double life between Switzerland and France. On the one hand there's Abdel, with whom she has a little girl, and on the other Melvil, with whom she has two older boys. Gradually, this delicate balancing act built on lies, secrets, and constant to-ing and fro-ing, starts cracking up under the pressure. Caught in a trap, Judith decides to run away from it all and her situation soon spirals out of control.



2021 Madeleine Collins
2014 Le dos rouge
2012 Les Gouffres
2011 Son of a Gun
(short, directed with Claire Doyon)
2007 Monstre Number Two (short)
2005 Déluge (short)
2004 Monstre (short)

"I came up with the idea of a woman who uses her professional work life to hide her complicated private life. I was thinking about the dynamic that this would create. A woman constantly on the move, traveling back and forth. A line of flight. In cinema, the idea of a man leading a double life is quite a common theme, but it hasn't really been explored for women characters. Because the question of children, if there are any, crops up straight away... I was interested in whether you could really keep a pregnancy secret? Whether it were plausible, and I quickly came up with this challenge when writing the script which would not arise if the protagonist were a man. I remember Danièle Dubroux, the director of the wonderful film Border Line, who said she always wanted to 'defend the indefensible.' There is something of that in the character of Judith: she is always defending what should really be indefensible..." [Antoine Barraud]

Antoine Barraud (Aulnay-sous-Bois, 1971) directed his first short film, Monstre, in 2004, followed by Déluge in 2005 and Monstre Number Two in 2007. He then went on to make several experimental documentaries about other filmmakers, including Kenneth Anger, Shuji Terayama and Koji Wakamatsu. He co-produced the medium-length film Madame Butterfly by Ming-Liang Tsai in 2008 and co-directed the short film Son of a Gun in 2011, with Claire Doyon. The following year, he produced Stephen Dwoskin's latest film, Age is..., and also directed his first feature-length film, Sinkholes. Both films had their world premiere at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival. In 2014 he directed his second feature-length film, Portrait of the Artist, starring Bertrand Bonello, (presented at the 2015 Berlinale). More recently, he has also produced, via his production company House on Fire, The Ornithologist, directed by the Portuguese director Joao Pedro Rodrigues (Locarno 2016 Director's Award), and Cassandro, the Exotico directed by Marie Losier (Acid 2018).

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