ORPHELINE (2017)

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A  film by Arnaud des Pallières

Cast: Adèle Haenel, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Solène Rigot 

English title: Orphan 

Here it is a portrait of a woman at 4 stages in her life. A little girl with a tragic ending of a hide and seek game. As a Teenager she is running away because she is not happy there and she meets man after man and  goes back home later. As a young woman who works along the side of a professional gambler and as a woman in her 30’s married who has changed her name and tried to hide her passed but it has caught up with her.

We begin with Renée (Adéle Haenel), a schoolteacher with dreams of becoming a mother, who finds her life turn up side down  with the reintroduction of an old friend recently released from prison (Gemma Arterton). Sandra (Adéle Exarchopoulos), who responds to an advert to work alongside an older gambler (Robert Hunger-Buhler) in a shady role. Karine (Soléne Rigot), who is subject to abuse from her father, and so drifts from one man to the next, seeking love and affection. The director here who is demanding of his actress but lets them work as freely as they want as wrote this story of his wife I am going on a limb here loosely based on his wife past life. Each stages of her life has a tragedy of some kind. The film is disorienting at times but you will figure it out. You begin to wonder if this woman is going to be caught a break. Orphan explores the complexities of women, in a way that is seldom seen on-screen.

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