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by Rebecca Zlotowski


Paris in the 1980s. 17-year-old Prudence Friedmann has just lost her mother. Left to her own devices in the family apartment, she enjoys this sudden freedom along with her new friend Marilyne. They both start frequenting the dangerous illegal racing track at Rungis, where big-engined cars and souped-up motorbikes drive round chaotically. Here, Prudence meets 20-year-old Reynald, who charms her, but the feeling isn’t mutual. In reality, the young girl tries to deaden her senses with the noise of the engines and drown out the silence left by her mother’s death. A few weeks away from her baccalaureate, she realises that her mother isn’t coming back.

international title: Belle épine
original title: Belle épine
country: France
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Rebecca Zlotowski
release date: FR 10/11/2010
screenplay: Rebecca Zlotowski, Gaëlle Macé
cast: Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier, Agathe Schlencker, Johan Libéreau, Guillaume Gouix, Anna Sigalevitch, Michaël Abiteboul, Marie Matheron
cinematography by: George Lechaptois
art director: Antoine Platteau
producer: Frédéric Jouve, Frédéric Niedermayer
production: Les Films Velvet, Moby Dick Films, Canal+, Ciné+
backing: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)
distributor: Pyramide Distribution


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