Philippe Faucon’s understated drama is a subtle and tender evocation of a friendship that develops between a lonely Senegalese immigrant and a French divorcée.
Dir-Prod Philippe Faucon
Scr Philippe Faucon, Yasmina Nini-Faucon, Mustapha Kharmoudi
With Moustapha Mbengue, Emmanuelle Devos, Marème N’Diaye
UK Distribution New Wave Films
Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) works as a hired hand for a building company based in a Paris suburb. He lives in a hostel that he shares with other African immigrants including a Moroccan co-worker who unlike Amin cannot adjust to his circumstances. That’s not to say Amin doesn’t miss home and his wife and three children, to whom he sends money and whatever gifts he can afford. Then he encounters Gabrielle (Emmanuelle Devos), a middle-aged French divorcée whose house Amin has been hired to renovate. As time passes, an intimacy develops between the two and they gradually open up about their lives. Faucon’s film revels in the details of Amin’s life and is aided in no small part by Mbengue and Devos’ moving performances.