Does childbirth always entail joy? Child-bearing and child-caring definitely influence the way family and friends see the individual called ‘mother’. After caring for her newborn for just a few weeks, Christelle takes off, overcome with terror. Her husband, Laurent, now fully responsible for the well- being of his two sons and infant daughter, is faced with the task of finding his wife who in fact is not too far from reach. Christelle has temporarily found refuge in Claire’s place one storey above her home. Christelle may have lived within the confines of ‘family’, yet when it came to sharing her innermost feelings, it is with her neighbor who is barely an acquaintance.
The irony of this film is that this woman who has always placed herself in the position of mother and wife, finally confronts her confusions through the loving care of another woman. Christelle has spent her life accommodating the needs of others, but in the end regression becomes the means for her to accept herself as she is. Her crisis eventually makes herself and others aware of both her predicament and her identity. During his search for his wife, Laurent too goes through the process of rediscovering Christelle. Through the meetings with Christelle’s parents, sister, friends and co-workers, Christelle’s husband peels through the layers of Christelle that had been buried under the banalities of life. (Byun Jai-ran)
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Dominique Cabrera was born in Relizane, Algeria in 1957 and moved with her parents to France in 1962. She was inspired to become a filmmaker when she saw Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers. She has made documentaries and features for both film and television. Her feature films include The Other Shore(1997), Nadia and the Hippos (1999) and Le Lait de la tendresse humaine(2001).