I TAKE YOUR PAIN

JE PRENDS TA PEINE

By Anne CONSIGNY

CACTUS PROD - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2017


This film is about how two different worlds meet and are transformed in the process. On one side there is me, Anne, a French actress living in Paris. On the other side, Susanna, a housekeeper, from Erevan, Armenia, and her daughter Narine. Our worlds collide when they rent my apartment via Airbnb.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Duration
    • 65 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Anne CONSIGNY
    • Producer(s)
    • Amélie DE CHASSEY (CACTUS PROD), Pierre KUBEL (CACTUS PROD), Marie DRUCKER (No School Productions)
    • Synopsis

    • This film is about how two different worlds meet and are transformed in the process. On one side there is me, Anne, a French actress living in Paris. On the other side, Susanna, a housekeeper, from Erevan, Armenia, and her daughter Narine. Our worlds collide when they rent my apartment via Airbnb.
      From the first day, not really knowing why, I start filming them and won't stop. I start filming myself also, in my everyday life that now includes the parts of their lives. Because Susanna speaks only a few words in English and gestural communication is our common tool, it will take me some days to understand that they are not tourists but are in Paris for a hospital treatment: Narine, 26 years old, has been diagnosed with a very bad cancer. The doctors say she would have died in 15 days had she stayed in Armenia. They end up staying in my home for 5 months, till Narine dies.
      Narine is exactly my son's age; Susanna is exactly my age. We have become sisters, despite the language barrier and all our differences. When Susanna goes back to Erevan for Narine's funeral, I go with her and discover her real world, so far but also so close from mine: husband, children, family, friends, whom I interview about Narine, life and loss.
      I thought I could help Susanna and Narine, I didn’t know that they would offer me such a love story. The film’s title is a common Armenian phrase: it literally means "I take your pain" but is casually used by everybody to say "everything's fine".
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