A distressed father of two gets involved in community theater when his wife leaves him in this tender family drama, the first solo effort by French filmmaker Claire Burger, who won the Camera d’Or in Cannes in 2014 for Party Girl, co-directed with Marie Amachoukeli and Samuel Theis. Here, shereturns to her home village of Forbach, on the Franco-German border, where a bearded administrative employee, Mario (Bouli Lanners), is told by his wife that sheis leaving home to rethink her marriage for a while. Left on his own, he struggles with caring for his17-year-old daughter, Nikki (Sarah Henochsberg) who is almost ready to fly the nest, and her younger sister (Justine Lacroix),who desperately longs for the maternal attention she is deprived of,and starts experimenting with same sex love. A moving portrayal of a family crisisawarded Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in the independently programmed Venice Days section.
Claire Burger graduated with a degree in film editing from La Fémis. In 2008 she made Forbach, a short about her home town that won the Ciné fondation award at Cannes and the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand's Film Festival. Together with Marie Amachoukeli, she co-directed Demolition Party and C'estgratuit pour les filles; screened at Cannes (International Critics' Week), it was awarded a César for best short feature film and a special mention at Clermont-Ferrand. The collaboration with Marie Amachoukeli continued in 2014 when they were also joined by Samuel Theis, Party Girl, written and directed by the three artists, was selected by Un Certain Regard, at Cannes, and won the Caméra d'Or and the Prix d'ensemble.