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Synopsis

Together with her father, a 17-year-old girl takes care of her mentally and physically severely disabled sister. This is becoming increasingly exhausting, as she has to sacrifice her own life and dreams. Emotions get out of control and love may easily turn into hate. How to live such a life? Is it even possible to find a compromise here?

A masterful film which brings the experiences and choices of those who are forced to be in such a situation frightfully close, doing so very realistically, without pathos. This can only be done with thorough knowledge of the topic. Director Margaux Bonhomme herself has grown up in a family with a disabled person – she has taken care of her own sister. She has carried this story with her for years and has now written it with the blood of her own heart.

The lead actors of the film, Diane Rouxel and Jeanne Cohendy, have just shared the Best Actress Award at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Film Festival in France. And this is how they should be regarded – as an ensemble. Cohendy is in no respect weaker than Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio who have given us disabled person roles worthy of an Oscar or an Oscar nomination.

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Tatiana Margaux Bonhomme

(b. 1974) began her career as a film and advertising photography director. Her first short film, “That Sunday” was released in 2009. In 2011 she directed the short documentary “Bel canto” about a young disabled man who wants to join a choir and become a singer. She later decided to confront this theme more directly in her first feature-length film, “Head Above Water”.

 

Filmography
  • Marche ou Crève (Head Above Water, 2018)
Fri, 23.11.2018
6:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
080903
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 080903
Movie guests
Director Margaux Bonhomme
Sat, 24.11.2018
7:30 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
091702
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 091702
Sat, 01.12.2018
3:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
160706
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 160706
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: France
Year: 2018
Duration: 83 minutes
Language: French
Director: Tatiana Margaux Bonhomme
Producer:  Caroline Bonmarchand    
Writer:  Margaux Bonhomme    
DOP: Julien Roux
Montage: Vincent Delorme
Composer: Pascal Humbert
Cast:    Diane Rouxel, Cédric Kahn, Jeanne Cohendy, Pablo Pauly, Agathe Dronne
Production: Avenue B Productions
Synopsis

Together with her father, a 17-year-old girl takes care of her mentally and physically severely disabled sister. This is becoming increasingly exhausting, as she has to sacrifice her own life and dreams. Emotions get out of control and love may easily turn into hate. How to live such a life? Is it even possible to find a compromise here?

A masterful film which brings the experiences and choices of those who are forced to be in such a situation frightfully close, doing so very realistically, without pathos. This can only be done with thorough knowledge of the topic. Director Margaux Bonhomme herself has grown up in a family with a disabled person – she has taken care of her own sister. She has carried this story with her for years and has now written it with the blood of her own heart.

The lead actors of the film, Diane Rouxel and Jeanne Cohendy, have just shared the Best Actress Award at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Film Festival in France. And this is how they should be regarded – as an ensemble. Cohendy is in no respect weaker than Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio who have given us disabled person roles worthy of an Oscar or an Oscar nomination.

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Tatiana Margaux Bonhomme

(b. 1974) began her career as a film and advertising photography director. Her first short film, “That Sunday” was released in 2009. In 2011 she directed the short documentary “Bel canto” about a young disabled man who wants to join a choir and become a singer. She later decided to confront this theme more directly in her first feature-length film, “Head Above Water”.

 

Filmography
  • Marche ou Crève (Head Above Water, 2018)