This film speaks of the “real ordeal” of the “miscarriage” that the cinema shows little on the screen

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Rose Pou Pellicer as Dune in Eric Lartigau’s “That Summer”

CINEMA – Eight years after the global success of The Aries familyÉric Lartigau returns to the family drama. The French director 58 years old (give me your hand, The man who wanted to live his life) signs the moving This summeradaptation to movie theater of the graphic novel by Canadian author Mariko Tamaki, in theaters since Wednesday, January 4.

Her story is that of Dune (Rose Pou Pellicer). Dune is 11 years old and quite a character. Like every summer, she and her parents go to their old house in the Landes. On the spot, his childhood friend Mathilde (Juliette Havelange) awaits him firmly, like the promise of good weather, nature and swimming. The family has not set foot there for two years.

What to rejoice Dune? Not really. The kid pulls the face. His parents (Marina Foïs and Gael García Bernal) argue all day long. His mother is distant. Formerly a nose, she has lost her sense of smell. Besides, she can no longer have children. Or does she no longer want it? Dune does not understand it, or more. Something has changed.

A benevolent story about transmission, thereby evoking the questions of the relationship to motherhood, but also those of the delicate period of adolescence, This summer only reveals to the viewer the reason for this mother-daughter estrangement at the end, in a crucial scene. Flashback.

Please note that the rest of this article reveals key elements of the film. We advise you to stop reading now if you want to keep a total surprise in front of its viewing.

It’s two summers back and Sarah, who hasn’t told anyone yet that she’s pregnant, comes out of the water. There, on the beach, she feels blood running between her legs. You can see the fear in his eyes. Sarah is having a miscarriage. ” The image is raw, quite trashy, blows his interpreter, Marina Foïs, that The HuffPost met. It is concrete. She is precise. »

It was the goal. In the production notes, screenwriter Delphine Gleize explains that it was essential for her to ” recognize what women go through “, that a miscarriage, ” it doesn’t necessarily happen in the toilet, with a small fee, three sessions of shrink and presto “.

In the film, the word ” miscarriage “ is never pronounced, but the memory of it never leaves Sarah and eats away, like a secret she keeps to herself, her mental and physical health, her couple and her family. ” She’s on holdÉric Lartigau tells us in turn. She can not. She wants to empty. »

It’s not just that she can’t have another child, continues Marina Fois. It’s also what it says about his own body. Why did life decide he wouldn’t walk anymore? Does that mean, too, that his relationship no longer works ? The actress continues: I didn’t know that, but I have no doubt to imagine that the thwarted desire for motherhood is a real ordeal for a woman because it has reminiscences. »

The miscarriage, an omerta

And yet, as movie star Sharon Stone recently pointed out when sharing his personal story, women who go through this ordeal often face a lack of understanding and support. A point of view shared by Marina Foïs. ” You never tell someone who just had a miscarriage to take two months off to fix it.observes the latter. There is no day off when you have a miscarriage. There is no sick leave. We have a miscarriage and we go to work the next day. »

She adds : ” Ok, we are not in sugar. It’s doable. That’s not the point. The problem is that it’s not considered the way it should be. I think for some women it’s a real ordeal. This is what lamented, in March 2022, a collective which, in a grandstand published on the website of Worlddenounced the omerta around the natural termination of pregnancy, as well as the lack of information and support in this regard.

However, in France, one in four pregnancies ends during the first trimester. It’s a real societal subject, still little addressed in the cinema, at least as frontally as in This summer. ” It will be featured”assures us Eric Lartigau.

According to Marina Foïs, ” the outlook on women and on the female body is changing as it changes in life”. ” One day, for example, we will make female characters who do not want children and this will not be a subjectsays the actress. This woman will arrive without being a neurotic, a psychopath or a badly fucked. » If some films, such as Annie Anger Where Saint-Omerwent in this direction in 2022, This summerhe opens the ball for 2023.

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This film speaks of the “real ordeal” of the “miscarriage” that the cinema shows little on the screen