Raf (Valéria Bruni Tedeschi) and Julie (Marina Foïs), a couple on the verge of breaking up, find themselves in an Emergency Department close to asphyxiation on the evening of a major ‘yellow vests’ protest in Paris. Their encounter with Yann (Pio Marmaï), an injured and angry demonstrator, will shatter their certainties and prejudices. Outside, the tension escalates and soon, the hospital has to close its doors and the staff is overwhelmed. The night will be long…

Director's Statement

I wanted the social and the intimate spheres to resonate. The yellow vests crisis has pushed society to question itself. My characters may have a comfortable life but not a comfortable relationship. All it took was an event like the fall, then the night in hospital, for things to suddenly be put into perspective. During the hostage crisis, when Julie finds herself behind the door, powerless, she inevitably wonders how much she really cares for Raf.

There is also the anguish of what might have happened to her son. And then the reunion with an old high school friend, which reminds her of her former life and her provincial origins. You can't change completely overnight, but you can perceive things. In the film, each of the characters arrives at what may be a truer place in his or her life.

Director's Biography

After taking comedy acting classes with Antoine Vitez, Catherine Corsini directs three short films in the early 1980s, all multi-awarded.

At the age of 30, she directs her first feature POKER, a film noir depicting a woman’s gambling addiction. She then directs the TV film INTERDIT D’AMOUR, highlighted at various festivals. LOVER (LES AMOUREUX), selected in Cannes in 1994 in the Cinéma en France section, is critically-acclaimed. The following year, YOUTH WITHOUT GOD (JEUNESSE SANS DIEU) also shows in Cannes in that same selection. She becomes a household name with THE NEW EVE (LA NOUVELLE EVE), presented in the Panorama section of Berlinale in 1999. REPLAY (LA REPETITION) is selected in Official Competition in Cannes in 2001. She follows up with THE VERY MERRY WIDOWS (MARIEES MAIS PAS TROP) and LES AMBITIEUX, presented at the Rome Film Festival. Her seventh feature LEAVING (PARTIR) is met with great success in France and abroad, and highlighted at Toronto International Film Festival. She comes back to Cannes in 2013 with THREE WORLDS (TROIS MONDES) in the Un Certain Regard section, later presented in Toronto. The film wins the Golden Bayard for Best Script in Namur. SUMMERTIME (LA BELLE SAISON), recipient of the Locarno Piazza Grande Variety Award, is nominated for two César in 2016. With AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE (UN AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE), adapted from the eponymous Christine Angot novel, Catherine Corsini receives the SACD award, Henri Langlois and Alice Guy award, as well as four nominations at the 2019 César (Best Actress, Best New Actress, Best Adaptation, Best Original Music).

Her last film THE DIVIDE (LA FRACTURE), with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marina Foïs and Pio Marmaï was presented in Competition in the Official Selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Catherine Corsini

Written by: Catherine Corsini

Main Producer: Elisabeth Perez

Cinematography: Jeanne Lapoirie

Editing: Frédéric Baillehaiche

Production Design: Toma Baqueni

Costume Design: Rachèle Raoult

Make-Up & Hair: Sylvia Carissoli, Milou Sanner

Sound Design: Jeanne Delplancq, Olivier Goinard, Nicolas Cantin, Fanny Martin

Casting: Julie Allione, Laura Caselli

Cast: Caroline Estremo (Pat), Jean-Louis Coulloc'h (Laurent), Camille Sansterre (Elodie), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Raf), Marina Foïs (Julie), Pio Marmaï (Yann), Aissatou Diallo Sagna (Kim)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Comedy 2022