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In this section are films that deal with more serious themes, such as crime, passion, troubled romance and hard-hitting human stories.

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  • Elle l'adore

    Elle l'adore

  • Les Anarchistes

    Les Anarchistes

  • Hors la loi

    Hors la loi

  • Un prophete

    Un prophete

  • Mediterranea


  • Chaos


  • Jalousie

    La jalousie

  • Suzanne


  • Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

    Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

  • Mal de pierres

    Mal de pierres

  • La Proie

    La Proie

  • 11.6


  • La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

    La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

  • Les cowboys

    Les cowboys

  • Après le sud

    Après le sud

  • Chocolat


  • L'Atessa


  • La fille inconnue

    La fille inconnue

  • Belle de jour

    Belle de Jour

  • La femme tranquille

    La femme tranquille

  • Un peuple et son roi

    Un peuple et son roi

  • Belleville Story

    Belleville Story

  • Nelly


  • 1905

    1905 - The Winds of Passion

  • Frères Ennemis

    Frères Ennemis (Close Enemies)

  • L'Été meurtrier

    L'Été meurtrier

  • Les fantômes d'Israël

    Les fantômes d'Israël

  • Guillaume, la jeunesses du conquérant

    Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant


This is the story of Isabelle Fortier, a sex worker whose first novel, Putain (whore), received critical acclaim. Working and writing as Nelly Arcan, we see her as a conflicted person, confident as a prostitute but, despite her success, far less so as an author .

This is quite a challenging film to watch since the director, Anne Émond, uses time shifting extensively to show us Nelly first as a young girl and then at various stages of her life. At times it can be puzzling as to exactly where we are in the chronology. One can also ask the question, "Who was Nelly Arcan?". We see her as many different personae.

Furthermore, there is the problem of deciding what is reality and what exists in her imagination. Her first novel relied on her life as a sex worker, but she is coy over what is based on her actual experiences. She suggests that she returned to prostitution to help develop story lines for her later books. When a client thinks he recognises her, she says she's not a writer, but a damn good whore.

One feels that the director has been extremely conscientious in her compassionate portrayal of Nelly. This was a woman who appeared to be very comfortable with her life in sex but unable to come to terms with what her readers actually thought about her as a person.

In the end it was all too much for her.
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