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LOW LIFE

by Nicolas Klotz

synopsis

At university, Carmen meets Hussain, a young Afghan poet who is studying French literature. This encounter changes both their lives: falling in love, they become inseparable. Charles is distraught at losing her. The only reason he doesn’t crack up is his friend, Miguel, who teaches him flamenco. Hussain learns that his asylum application has been rejected. Carmen is terrified every time he goes outside. So the couple stay in and spend their time making love, until Hussain suddenly has the feeling she is watching him. He can no longer write, feels suffocated and needs to leave. Hussain disappears from her life as suddenly as he appeared. He leaves because of love: falling in love with a foreigner means involving her in his own battle. Charles has not given up. He walks with Carmen under the trees along the Saône. When she nears the riverbank, he knows she wants to disappear forever. So he watches over her, his love for her intact, a calm, powerful presence.

international title: Low Life
original title: Low Life
country: France
sales agent: Les Films du Losange
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Nicolas Klotz
film run: 129'
release date: FR 04/04/2012
screenplay: Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval
cast: Maud Wyler, Hélène Fillières, Camille Rutherford, Michael Evans
cinematography by: Hélène Louvart
film editing: Rose-Marie Lausson
art director: Antoine Platteau
costumes designer: Caroline Tavernier
music: Ulysse Klotz, Romain Turzi
producer: Gilles Sandoz
production: Agora Films, Maïa Cinéma, Les Films du Losange, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
distributor: Les Films du Losange

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main awards/selection

Locarno Film Festival 2011 Official competition
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