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24 September 2003 (France) See more »
Echoes of Dostoyevsky. At the start, Christine Blanc is a temp, her boyfriend has gone. Near the story's end... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sasha Andres ... Christine Blanc
Carlo Brandt ... Degas
Pierre-Félix Gravière ... Sébastien

Catherine Mouchet ... Patricia

Éric Caravaca ... Éric
Mireille Roussel ... Pascale
Jacques Spiesser ... Danjard
Geneviève Mnich ... La mère de Christine
Dominique Valadié ... Marie-Noëlle, la voisine
Clotilde Mollet ... Carole
Stanislas Stanic ... Inspecteur Brebion
Rodolphe Congé ... Inspecteur Cazalis
Nathalie Besançon ... La serveuse
Valérie de Dietrich ... Sonia
Delphine Elliet ... Comptable
Pascal Cervo ... Policier accueil
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo ... Le patron
Thomas Chabrol ... Directeur Promocash
Laurent Bateau ... Employé Promocash
Hélène Alexandridis ... Vendeuse chouettes
Laurent Poitrenaux ... Jean-Michel, le moniteur d'auto-école
Florence Viala ... Caissière Continent
Violaine Schwartz ... Cliente Continent
Agathe Dronne ... Secrétaire Promocash
Monique Couturier ... Mme Imbert
Alexis Perret ... Employé agence immobilière
Lise Lamétrie ... Caissière piscine
Pierre Baux ... Chauffeur Transeuro
Béatrice Chéramy ... Hôtesse Transeuro
Jérôme Beaujour ... Client à la cigarette
Léonore Chaix ... Secrétaire Danjard
Emmanuelle Weber ... Employée auto=école
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Le père de Christine

Directed by
Siegrid Alnoy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Siegrid Alnoy  writer
Jérôme Beaujour  writer
François Favrat  writer

Produced by
Béatrice Caufman .... producer
Original Music by
Gabriel Scotti 
Cinematography by
Christophe Pollock 
Film Editing by
Alice Plantin (segment: stagiaire montage) (as Plantin Alice)
Benoît Quinon 
Casting by
Stéphane Gaillard 
Production Design by
Michel Vandestien 
Costume Design by
Mic Cheminal 
Makeup Department
Nathalie Tabareau .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Marianne Germain .... unit production manager
Marie-Pierre Paracel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Muriel Monnard .... second assistant director
Jérôme Tardieu .... first assistant director
Isabelle Vossart .... trainee assistant director
Sound Department
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Geraldine Falieu .... sound editor
Christophe Gagnot .... post-production sound
Xavier Griette .... sound
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Benoît Quinon .... sound editor
Julien Sicart .... boom operator
Benjamin Viau .... sound re-recordist
Alain Brochery .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Bruneton .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Florence Dugowson .... still photographer
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Bruno Patin .... color timer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Elle est des nôtres" - France (original title)
"For She's a Jolly Good Fellow" - International (English title)
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98 min | France:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
she's one of us, 18 March 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

Christine Blanc (Sasha Andrés) is a young woman whose name answers to her personality. She's a stalwart temporary secretary who correctly earns a livelihood and however she looks absent to her surrounding. She's also well aware that her life is empty until the day she strikes up a friendship with Patricia (Catherine Mouchet) who searches jobs for her. But this friendship brutally comes to an end when one day at the swimming pool, Christine kills her. From then onwards, everything is fine for her: she passes her driving test, she has a more steady and lucrative job, she has a lover and however these aren't rational consequences of the horrendous act she committed...

I must acknowledge that I was very taken with this daunting work shot by Siegfrid Alnoy which is likely to travel for a long time in my mind. If she aimed at shaking our reassuring convinced ideas about society, work and leisure, she admirably succeeded in her task. Blur, ambiguity to tell Christine's outlandish adventure, her position in the world and personality are her best weapons. Like the Degas police officer, one is very intrigued by this idiosyncratic woman and although the director offers us a few clues likely to shed more light on her personality (see the sequence in the restaurant between the two characters), she keeps all her mystery from this perspective. Even before the murder, she seems elusive to the eyes of the audience: does she reject the world or does the world reject her? And after the murder, see the glaring contrast: a numb, senseless Christine Blanc superseded a wan one.

Beyond Christine Blanc's ascension, "Elle est Des Nôtres" raises serious problems about a ravenous consuming society and a heartless world of work. It holds a deeply pessimist vision about its members who consummate as much as they can, who are driven by the laws of market economy and don't remember human values any more. It is to Alnoy's credit that this nearly inhumane world could be ours. How chilling...

Thanks to a sparse cinematographic writing, eerie camera angles, a big attention brought to the sound (the film should have had a nomination for the Best Sound at the César Ceremony in 2004), a music which often has the form of a barely audible note scattered with disturbing musical effects, Siegfrid Alnoy conjures up a disquieting climate which takes the form of an increasing crescendo throughout the film. The murder sequence made me look away and I can say that I hadn't been impressed by a murder sequence for a long time. Actors aren't very known in the French mainstream and their somewhat blank acting help to maintain the malaise.

The title of the film comes from a French popular song that is sung when someone is about to drink a glass of alcohol for the very first time. Once she swallowed the beverage, her peers sing: "she's one of us. She drank her glass like the others!". This type of sequence is shown in the film when Christine is in a restaurant with her colleagues to celebrate her success at her driving test. Yes, "she's one of us" and "she's also part of an oppressive system that destroys her and transforms her in a normal monster". These are Siegfird Alnoy's words about her work. Its only fault is that the form has sometimes the tendency to forget the contents. But it doesn't stop you from watching an unnerving, compelling work that will haunt you for a long time.

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