A women's prison. Women arrive, some for as long as eight years. They work making teddy bears. Dessombes, the head matron, misses little. She gets intelligence from Marthe, an older convict... See full summary »

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Dessombes
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Marthe
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Nelly Roux
Milva ...
Lucie Germon
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Nicole Beck
Corinne Touzet ...
Sabine
Franci Camus ...
Annie
Manuela Gourary ...
Danseuse
Fanny Bastien ...
Brigitte
Eliane Boeri ...
Recidiviste
Élisabeth Lafont ...
Irene
Claudine Mavros ...
Colette
Edith Winkler ...
Suzanne
Sophie Minet ...
Marion
Jean-Pierre Clami ...
Le Policier
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A women's prison. Women arrive, some for as long as eight years. They work making teddy bears. Dessombes, the head matron, misses little. She gets intelligence from Marthe, an older convict. When the uncompromising and difficult Nelly is sent to the hole for something she didn't do, the women suspect that Marthe had a hand in it. Brigitte breaks off their friendship, so Marthe adopts Nicole, guilty of infanticide and shunned by the other prisoners, as her surrogate daughter. Sabine, young, energetic, and one of the few with a husband who visits her, falls in love with Lucie, a woman who has given up on life and fears the day of her release. Tensions mount. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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12 October 1988 (France)  »

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Nők a börtönben  »

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Annie Girardot back to jail..
14 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of her earlier parts ,"mourir d'aimer" (André Cayatte,1970),based on a true story led her to jail .Here again,she plays one of the unfortunate inmates who make teddy bears to earn some money In jail.The "prison for women" is a very hard subject to deal with,and here the director was not up to scratch,leaving the actresses free to put on their usual little act.Best part does not come from Girardot though,but from Marie-Christine Barrault( an AA winner for "cousin cousine" 1975) as a chief warder :her portrayal is not unlike that of Louise Fletcher in "one flew over the cuckoo's nest" .Charlotte Silvera ,the director said:"they try to make the prisoners passive submissive women,losing any desire,any longing..."Perhaps so,but with few exceptions like Jacques Becker's "le trou" ,French movies about prisons are not particularly memorable.


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