She Walks

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    She Walks

    La Marcheuse

    Directed by

    France

    2015

    77 min

    • French

    Drama

    Lin Aiyu, an Chinese illegal immigrant, is a prostitute in the streets of Belleville in paris. She lives with her teenage daughter, who she hides her job from. Their lives are turned upside-down one night when an unknown injured man suddenly bursts into their home. Sometimes an abductor, sometimes a prisoner, the man is nevertheless a threat and an opportunity to be taken.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Yannick Choirat
    Lan Qui
    Louise Chen
    Screenplay
    Marion Doussot
    Naël Marandin
    Cinematography
    Colin Houben
    Editing
    Damien Maestraggi
    Music
    The Ghostdance

    Director's Statement

    In my short films I explored dubious attractions, where curiosity and desire a combined. I explored how the social order influences the intimate order, how the need and interest form feelings and desire, how insecurity and exclusion mark people and their encounters. When I met Chinese women working as prostitutes in Belleville the project became natural. For 6 years, and thanks to my knowledge of Mandarin, I accompanied these women in their medical and administrative procedures. They shared their stories, their hopes, their visions of the world with me. Their stories, and some of the scenes I witnessed, fed into my script. La Marcheuse is a fiction, but I wanted it to be deeply rooted in reality. The film was shot in the streets of Belleville with non-professional actresses, some of whose lives are very similar to my heroin's.

    Production
    FOLAMOUR PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    A social and sensual crime film in Belleville.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Naël Marandin

    Naël Marandin

    France

    Naël Marandin was an actor as a teenager. After studying political science, he went to live in China. He has made two award-winning shorts. SHE WALKS, his first feature, is inspired by his reaching out to Chinese women working as prostitutes in Paris.