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by Idit Cebula


How do you become a "mensch", which means "a good person" in Yiddish? Thirty-nine-year-old Eliane Weiss, from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, is a teacher in a Parisian primary school. She is married to Sylvain, and they have a 17 year-old daughter, Bella. Attentive to the needs of everyone around her, and in particular to those of Rénia, her mother, Eliane is not completely at ease with her life. Accompanied by two good friends who drag her along, Eliane meets Jeanne Sfez, a writer who becomes her "good fairy". This important encounter is the start of a new beginning, of a transformation that completely changes the lives of Éliane and those around her. Will she be strong enough to fully follow her desire?

international title: Two Lives Plus One
original title: Deux vies plus une
country: France
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Idit Cebula
release date: FR 17/10/2007
screenplay: Idit Cebula, Emmanuelle Michelet
cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Gérard Darmon, Jocelyn Quivrin, Michel Jonasz, Jackie Berroyer
producer: François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
production: Les Films du Kiosque, Canal+, Ciné+
distributor: Rezo Films

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