By Marie DUVAL


Drama - Development 2012

A Road Movie of Three Women in Africa

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marie DUVAL
    • Writer(s)
    • Isabelle MIGNARD, Marie DUVAL
    • Producer(s)
    • Alain L'EVEILLE (prod2demain)
    • Synopsis
    • A Road Movie of Three Women in Africa- One of whom is suffering from a rare genetic illness and has been condemned to a short life. She therefore decides to try and find the brother whom she has not seen since her childhood, and who has left to live in Mali.
      Gabrielle is thirty years old and is the daughter of vineyard owners in Bordeaux. She now lives in Paris and owns a small estate agency.
      Health problems give her a different perspective on life. After three months of medical treatment she learns that her illness, known as an ‘orpheline’ illness cannot be treated. She has no more than two months to live. She is devastated, however she talks to no-one about it.
      After returning from an evening with some friends she decides to try to kill herself.
      She does not succeed and her three friends are alerted (Blandine, Claire and Josephine). They give her moral support.
      So, she takes her decision, for the little time she has left to live, she will leave to find her older brother, Paul, whom has missed so much. At the age of 18 years of age he was thrown out of the house by their father the day of Gabrielle’s sixth birthday.
      She has traced him to Africa, in Mali, where he has been living for a long time. Her friends try to persuade her from going but nothing will change her mind. She will leave. Her body won't be able to put up with the travelling.
      Two of her friends, Blandine and Josephine decide to go with her on this last journey. Blandine is a woman who likes men, careless. Josephine is the daughter of immigrants from West Africa, but she has never visited the land of her ancestors.
      At Roissy Airport, in the waiting area, Gabrielles’s illness is not apparent. It is May. The weather is good. She is wearing a light dress.
      They arrive at Bamako. The three star hotel which Jospehine had booked, is in fact full. They need a shower. Immediately! It is 40 degrees in the shade, Blandine the resourceful one attempts to squat the bedroom of a Japanese man sick with exoticism.
      The journey does not begin well. Paul lives in the North of Mali, in the Sahel. They leave by train for Sahel. Whilst travelling Blandine loses her identity papers, and her two friends. Tired and anxious Gabrielle forgets her anti-pain tablets in one of the train’s compartments. They end up alone and in the Bush. They meet a young Malian woman who is pregnant. She invites them to accompany her to her village. However, in the bush she gives birth, far away from everything. Gabrielle is there, she helps her and in spite of the language barrier the two women understand each other.
      The next day in the village, Blandine rejoins them, thanks to Lucas, an ethnologist and his 4X4. They leave together for Kayes and from there they will need to go to Nioro du Sahel, near the Mauritanian border. They need to travel any way they can. It is fifty degrees in the shade. An old lorry which is delivering rice and oil is the only way they have to find and rejoin the brother, so missed.
    • Partners & financing
    • Partners required
    • Production schedule
    • Shooting 2012
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