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Between Two Worlds

Le Quai de Ouistreham

Emmanuel Carrère | 2021 | 106 MINS
France | Subtitles
Juliette Binoche goes undercover in the gig economy to probe the injustices faced by low-paid workers.
Originally screened at New Park as a preview with great success at the 2021 French Film Festival UK.

In Detail

Juliette Binoche stars as an author who, inspired by George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier, goes undercover as a cleaning lady in the northern French port of Caen to research a book on job insecurity and social precariousness. Desperate applicants have to burnish their CVs with fatuous assurances about how passionate they are about cleaning, in return for dehumanising work with pitiful pay, grisly conditions and no job security.

Although Binoche is the film's star, her presence is smartly muted, allowing us time and space to discover the world as she does, and providing room for complexity in considering the ethics of his character's work and of Carrère's film itself.

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