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Sarah, the young woman at the center of this story, suddenly sees her life go into a tail spin when she finds herself out of a job because of a clumsy accident at the art gallery where she is an intern, hoping for a regular position. When Sarah faints on the stairs, dropping a valuable painting, she lands in a hospital where she is told bluntly, she is about six months pregnant.
How could such a thing happen to a girl that does not even show any signs of pregnancy? Well, it happens in a lot of cases, we even know of a case that parallels this tale about loneliness, stubbornness and ignorance on Sarah's part. When Sarah is informed of the fact, she becomes defiant. She does not want the baby growing inside her womb. Sarah does not even remember who the father could be.
As a result of this new reality, Sarah finds she must leave the student's dorm where she is living. Her only relative is a mother who lives far from where she is staying. Being referred to a home for expecting teenage girls, she reluctantly accepts. At the institution she meets the kind Sonia, the director, who ultimately hopes the girl would change her attitude and recognize the fact she is about to be a mother. Sarah does not want that solution, instead, she decides to give up the baby for adoption, while she tries to move on to a new field in her life.
Meeting Thomas, a student at the university, shows Sarah a world she has not known. The young man cares for her, but he is puzzled by the way she reacts toward him. Sarah does not allow any sort of kindness in her life. Sarah delivers a baby girl, but she refuses to even see the infant. Talking to a girl from the institution seems to have an effect on Sarah, although her resolution to move on, is not altered by the arrival of her daughter.
"La Brindille", conceived and directed by Emmanuelle Millet, was a surprise that showed up recently on a French cable channel. It is a different kind of treatment that deals with the apparent ignorance of Sarah, a young woman on her own, whose maternal feelings are apparently lacking. Sarah's attitude toward life is to deal with what comes her way strictly on her terms. Life has not been kind to this girl who must fend for herself to create her own life without the help of others, however well intentioned they might be.
Christa Theret, plays Sarah with conviction. The young actress reminded this viewer of a young Ludivine Seigneur. Ms. Theret shows spunk as she must do for herself, refusing any compassion from anyone. Ms. Theret shows talent. She has been acting since her teens, showing a range in what she can do in the cinema, from comedy to drama. Johan Libereau plays Thomas. Maud Wyler is seen as the kind Sonia.
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