A single mother tries to steal paint from an abandoned factory, but she is stopped by a guard who lives next door to her in Marseille. Romance quickly develops between the two in this award-winning film.
1997 César Award for Best Actress, (Ariane Ascaride)
In l'Estaque, a working class suburb in northern Marseilles, Jeannette struggles to raise her two children on the pittance she's paid as a cashier. She lives in a small house which opens out onto a courtyard shared with neighbours and friends. Marius lives alone in a huge disused cement works. He is the warden at this factory which is due to be demolished. When Marius meets Jeannette their path to happiness is not going to be easy, besides the difficulties faced with their social situation, they have both suffered in life.
Directed by: Robert Guediguian (France, 1997)
Cast : Ariane Ascaride (Jeannette), Gérard Meylan (Marius), Pascale Roberts (Caroline), Jacques Boudet (Justin), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Dédé), Frédérique Bonnal (Monique)
Genre : comedy drama
Awards: César for the best actress (Ariane Ascaride) and Prize for the best film at the Foreign Press Lumières awards, 1998.