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by Carole Laure


Rachel, a 17 year old teenager, waits on the street-bench across the street from the women's prison in east end Montreal. She is too lucid about the people around her, about what's going on in general and it hurts. Her rage to live seems to be hurling from within her. Inside the prison, Jeanne, a contemporary dancer, is purging a short sentence with steel-like good patience which she maintains by following an intense physical training program. She becomes friendly with Odile, a non-working mother whose break down precipitated a destructive rampage. She was imprisoned for the minor property damages done. The day Jeanne is released from prison, Rachel, instinctively, follows her. Little by little she manages to become part of Jeanne's life. Jeanne can recognize the fault line's in the personality of the young woman and helps her with the only tool she knows : dance. Jeanne and Odile can see that Rachel's talent for dance allows her to transcend her depression ; contemporary dance, a dance where her revolt finds expression, opens her up to others, to her sexuality, to the first measures of self-fulfillment as an artist. And just as Rachel is coming of age, at the moment she least suspects it's presence, her destiny will have her confront violence once more.

original title: Tout près du sol
country: France
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Carole Laure
screenplay: Carole Laure
cast: Clara Furey, Jean-Marc Barr, Danièle Hubbard, Mireille Tibault, Emmanuel Bilodeau, Simon Alarie
cinematography by: Gérard Simon
film editing: Marie-Blanche Colonna, H. Caruana
art director: Patrice Bengle
music: Jeff Fisher
production: Toloda, Productions Laure-Furey
distributor: Wild Bunch Distribution

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