La Mif

Dir: Fred Baillif

Switzerland

2021

110 mins

tbc

Cast:

Claudia Grob, Anaïs Uldry, Kassia Da Costa, Joyce Esther Ndayisenga

“Who are you?” – “The queen of punks, in the land of pain in the ass.” Grand Prix winner in the Berlinale’s Generation 14plus strand, Fred Baillif’s intimate, naturalistic drama is set in a Geneva group home.

Seven girls live together under the same roof but haven’t chosen each other – just like a family. Emerging from difficult backgrounds, here they find a new community in a way they’ve never experienced before. Sharing joy and pain, they passionately rebel against the shortcomings of their surroundings – and occasionally, each other – and home director Lora is always there for them when­­­­­ they need her. Or is it the other way around?

Reminiscent of Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, La Mif was created in close collaboration with its non-professional actresses, who themselves lived in a care home at the time of filming, and who deliver tremendously moving and dynamic performances – ably directed by Baillif, himself a former social worker. Exploring its characters’ fates individually and collectively, it’s a raw, often heart-wrenching examination of the juvenile care system that ploughs a dynamic line between documentary and fiction.

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020 7957 8938

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Distributor

BFI

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