La Mif (15)
Sat 05 Mar 2022 - Thu 10 Mar 2022
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s
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Dir. Fred Baillif
2021 | 110 mins | Switzerland
French with English subtitles
Charlie Areddy, Kassia Da Costa, Amandine Golay
Frederic Baillif’s remarkably authentic docu-style drama follows a group of teenage girls in a residential care home. Emerging from difficult backgrounds, here in the safe house, the girls find a new sense of community full of unexpected tensions and intimacies. An incident triggers a chain of reactions that reveal the imperfections of the youth protection system, as well as the demons that haunt the girls. Created in close collaboration with the young actors, La Mif tenderly questions what it might actually mean to be part of a family.
Seven girls live together but haven’t chosen each other – just like a family. Emerging from difficult backgrounds, here they find a new community. Sharing joy and pain, they passionately rebel against the shortcomings of their surroundings – and occasionally, each other. The Grand Prix winner in the Berlinale’s Generation 14plus strand, Fred Baillif’s intimate, naturalistic drama is reminiscent of Sarah Gavron’s Rocks.
This film contains scenes of suicide and references to sexual violence.
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