Cannes 2021: Juliette Binoche, double agent in “Ouistreham”


CRITICAL – The opening of the Directors’ Fortnight will be with the adaptation by Emmanuel Carrère, freely inspired by the story of journalist Florence Aubenas, infiltrated among cleaning ladies.

From our special correspondent in Cannes

We had no news from Juliette Binoche. She was looking for work. Her husband dumped her. He was a mechanic. She arrives in Caen, where she doesn’t know anyone. As she does not know how to do anything, the local ANPE directs her to a job as a maintenance agent. She learns to write her CV, to invent qualities and even faults. The basics of the job: smile, say hello, goodbye, thank you. The life of a cleaning lady is more transparent than a window pane. Marianne scrubs the floors, cleans the toilets. She never goes fast enough. If she protests, she attracts replies from her employer: “Do not try to educate people who have more than you”. She takes notes. We guess she is not who she claims. In fact, it is a journalist – Florence Aubenas in real life – who chose to immerse herself in the daily life of precarious people to write a book to testify to the harshness of their lot.

Emmanuel Carrère is

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