À la Place du coeur
Where the Heart Is
A 1998 French adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.
Dir Robert Guédiguian
With Laure Raoust, Alex Ogou, Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Twenty years before Barry Jenkins made If Beale Street Could Talk came this first adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel. It’s set, like all Guédiguian’s features, in a working-class district of Marseilles, and filmed with a cast of non-professional locals. Teenagers Clem (Raoust) and Bébé (Ogou) are about to have a baby, but face crisis when a racist gendarme arrests Bébé on false charges.