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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

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Prendre le large
Prendre le large
The French excel at producing films depicting life as it's lived, unembellished and full of everyday challenges. In this film we’re introduced to Edith, a textile worker who cherishes her job, quite simply because it gives her life purpose. Her only son now lives in Paris and she resides alone in a rather charming farm house, but what’s charm without company?

When the factory decides to relocate its production to Morocco she has the choice of redundancy, which in her case would result in quite a good severance payment, or relocating to Morocco. Eager to continue working she choses the latter, against the strong advice of the company’s personnel officer.

She visits her son, unannounced, to tell him her plans, but the meeting doesn’t go well, they having not spoken since he left for Paris. And, unbeknown to her, he now has a male partner. In the event Edith leaves without telling him her plans, and when he subsequently calls her, she says not to call again as she’s cancelling her phone contract.

When she arrives in Tangiers it becomes immediately apparent that life there is very different. She is to lodge at a guest house that’s experiencing reduced business because of the impact of the major construction work at the nearby port. Initially her relationship with Mina, the proprietress, isn’t too cordial. But when she arrives for her first day at work the true extent of her circumstances becomes apparent, as she’s put to work on a sewing machine in what’s no more than a sweat shop.

Further misfortune follows when she’s robbed, but this actually provides a catalyst for her relationship with Mina to improve, helped greatly by Mina’s charming son Ali. In fact life becomes much more tolerable until, that is, she upsets Najat, the shop floor supervisor, and pays a heavy price for so doing.

This leads to a serious decline in her circumstances, resulting in hospitalisation and a surprise visit from her son, who insists she returns to France. But this puts her back to where she was when she decided to take off (prendre le large) in the first place. This desperate situation requires a complete re-evaluation of her life and results in her taking a truly life-changing decision.
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