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La vie promise (2002)

A prostitute and her teenager daughter, will have to run away after the girl stabs her mother's pimp. The woman will try to find her son, which she hasn't seen in 8 years.

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Sylvia
Pascal Greggory ...
Joshua
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Laurence
Fabienne Babe ...
Sandra
André Marcon ...
Piotr
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Maquereau 1 (as Louis Do de Lencquesaing)
David Martins ...
Maquereau 2
Édith Le Merdy ...
Femme hameau
Denis Braccini ...
Policier en civil
Irène Ismaïloff ...
Femme du policier en civil
Naguime Bendidi ...
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Frédéric Maranber ...
Gérant motel
Valérie Flan ...
Femme ferme
Paul-Alexandre Bardela ...
Petit garçon ferme
Abdelkader ...
Policier Péage
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Sylvie is a hooker whose illegitimate daughter commits a crime. She and her daughter flee to find Sylvie's first love in the countryside. The daughter is trying to get to know her unwilling mother. Along the way, the two meet a male fugitive and bond with each other. Written by Peter

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The language of flowers, or life on the road.
23 March 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Like a lot of contemporary French cinema, this film doesn't lack ideas, however, the execution and finished product sometimes make no sense, or illuminate the story. It's not for a lack of styles that Olivier Dahan can be blamed on what we are seeing. He has a lot of different methods about how he wants to present them, but it only adds to the confusion, as things happen unexpectedly. He never bothers to explain why they got that way.

First of all, it is very strange that Sylvia's teen age daughter, Laurence, suddenly pops up in her mother's life. Sylvia could not care less about the girl. The accidental killing of one of Sylvia's pimps, make mother and daughter flee the scene of the crime and take to the back roads of Southern France. This is a case where crime, even if involuntary, does pay. The end of the story feels false, as we watch the three principals going into the sunset. Could this trio have found the secret for happiness? Stay tuned, or better yet, smell the flowers!

The acting is fine. Isabelle Huppert shows her usual intensity and is convincing as the prostitute. Maud Forget, as the teen age daughter does her part well and Pascal Greggory, as the man that enters into both mother and daughter's lives is effective as the man who seems to bring peace between both.


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