Acclaimed writer Marianne Winkler (played by French film star Juliette Binoche) decides to devote her new book to the socio-economic situation in the north of France in the wake of the global economic crisis. In order to familiarize herself with the problem from the inside, she decides to go incognito to the port city of Caen, and get a job as a cleaner. By exploring the world of hard, badly paid work, she learns about the lives of people who are desperately trying to make ends meet by working a variety of temporary jobs. Job insecurity, lack of insurance and fear of what tomorrow will bring are just a few of the problems faced by a large segment of French citizens who seem to have fallen through the cracks. Emmanuel Carrère's Between Two Worlds is based on a best-selling book by journalist Florence Aubenas. Much like its literary prototype, the film is an absorbing study of social inequality and a poignant story of people pushed to the margins of society. The story is all the more impressive considering that, aside from Binoche, most of the parts are played by non-actors.
Emmanuel Carrère, Hélène Devynck
Juliette Binoche, Hélène Lambert, Louise Pociecka, Steve Papagiannis, Aude Ruyter