Between Two Worlds: a fascinating true story with Juliette Binoche


Between Two Worlds is the rare film that tells the story of the ones behind the scenes. In this case, the movie - with Juliette Binoche...


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Between Two Worlds is the rare film that tells the story of the ones behind the scenes. In this case, the movie - with Juliette Binoche in its title role - shows the struggle of workers, going from one job to the other to just try to make ends meet, who end up as cleaners on big ferries. This might sound dim but Between Two Worlds is nothing of the sort. And that's because Emmanuel Carrère's film is based on the incredible award-winning book "Le Quai de Ouistreham" by Florence Aubenas.

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A documentary-style drama

Adapting a book into a film is a complicated process that requires a lot of careful decisions and adjustments. However, French director Emmanuel Carrère accomplished this task with his latest film Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham). The book "Le Quai de Ouistreham" by Florence Aubenas is a brave and raw journalistic account of the everyday life of working-class women living in Ouistreham, a small town in Normandy, France. The book follows the journalist's experience of going "undercover" and working temporary jobs in the area and trying to make ends meet, as well as her conversations and interactions with other women facing similar struggles. Aubenas's book was met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2010, and it quickly became a best-seller in France.

Aubenas' book offers a gripping and refreshingly honest portrayal of working-class life in modern-day France that resonated with readers. Think of films like "Nomadland" byChloé Zhao, "The Florida Project" by Sean Baker or the cinéma of Ken Loach. The book's success and its unique style of storytelling made it a prime candidate for adaptation on the big screen. That's when Emmanuel Carrère and his team came into play.

Carrère's adaptation of "Le Quai de Ouistreham" into Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) is a masterful blend of fictional narrative and documentary elements. The film's story follows the journey of Marianne Winckler (Juliette Binoche), a writer who is researching the daily lives of working-class women in Ouistreham and who ends as a cleaning lady on a ferry. The movie portrays the struggles these women face and the dignity with which they carry on living their lives despite the obstacles they encounter.

The film adaptation of Aubenas’ book was not without its challenges. Carrère made numerous changes to the book to suit the medium of cinema, and he added a fictional and dramatic element to the story. But despite these changes, the film still captures the spirit of the book and maintains its realism and authenticity.

Another outstanding performance from Juliette Binoche

One of the strengths of Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) is its cast, headlined by the award-winning actress, Juliette Binoche. Binoche's Marianne is a thoughtful and enigmatic character who embarks on a journey of self-discovery while also exploring the lives of the women she meets in Ouistreham. Binoche's performance is nuanced and delicate, capturing the character's internal struggles with empathy and compassion.

Emmanuel  Carrère's, Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) is a film that resonates with its audience, largely because of the way it tells its story. The movie is a cinematic piece of art that reflects the struggles of those who work tirelessly in the most challenging conditions to make ends meet. The footage and imagery are raw and uncompromising, which only adds more power to the story being told.

All in all, Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) is a must-watch film that highlights the resilience and dignity of working-class women in the face of adversity.

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