Building oneself by mourning the loss of one’s parents is, in France, the complex reality faced by nearly 800,000 orphans under the age of 25. Like them Alysia, Jean-Pierre, Geoffrey, Céline, Louise and Jean-Philippe had to grow up despite the absence of a father, a mother, sometimes even both. Facing the camera, these 6 witnesses, with very different profiles from each other, tell how they transformed this terrible loss into a personal renewal. Poignant and above all without taboo stories that feed this documentary written by Blandine Grosjean and directed by Delphine Dhilly.
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Louise was 2 years old when her mother died and, very young, lived with the meaning of death. However, she claims not to have felt the lack of a mother figure until the age of 17, having shaped herself an image of it. Alysia also lost her mother when she was only 2 years old and her father when she was 21 years old. It was after this second drama that loneliness was born in her “ a feeling of power “. Both without a mother to guide them, they had to learn to answer the big questions that every young girl asks herself in adolescence. Like hundreds of thousands of orphans, the 6 protagonists of this documentary faced the unknown, the eyes of others, the pity – humiliating in their eyes – that their situation inspired. Céline says she refused for a long time the term orphan, a label too heavy to wear.
The experience of freedom
Without minimizing the pain of losing a parent, they courageously bear witness to that ultimately happy emptiness each of them felt when orphaned. Withthis ” less sword of Damocles », In the words of one of the witnesses, it is for them, a new life which begins while knowing the impossible turn back. Aware of being” the custodian of an unfinished story », As Jean-Philippe testifies, they all made the choice to live for themselves, without looking back to move forward and assert their freedom.