Carried by a quartet of brilliant actors, a first film that stages two couples who are complete opposites, whose irrepressible desire for a child leads to a disturbing agreement.
It is the story of two couples against whom everything works. Franck, a scrap dealer (Damien Bonnard) and his wife Meriem (Judith Chemla), sedentary gypsies, live in a caravan with their five children. Julien (Benjamin Lavernhe, from the Comédie-Française), an uptown lawyer, is married to Anna, also a lawyer. Two characters with a bourgeois-bohemian tendency who fail to become parents. Involved in a cover-up case, Franck is defended by Julien. While expecting a sixth child, Franck and Meriem, in a corner, give up on keeping him. The father then offers his lawyer an illegal deal: entrust him with his unborn baby for a fee.
Adapted from the novel weeping rivers by Alain JasperThe Sixth Child is the first film by Léopold Legrand, a barely thirty-year-old director whose story partly echoes that he himself was adopted. He signs an intimate drama, written without pathos, which rejects any moral judgement, but with finesse explores a wide range of emotions. And manages to empathize with these desperate characters whose irrepressible desire leads to confusion.
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Awarded four times in Angoulême (Audience Award, Best Screenplay, Best Music and Double Award for Female Interpretation to Sara Giraudeau and Judith Chemla), the film, and especially the performances of its actresses, have been highly praised. Cinema premiere scheduled for Wednesday, September 28.