THis socially realist portrait of people living at the sharp end of France’s job crisis – contract cleaners toiling every night for minimum wages, with minimal worker rights – is a depressing contemporary feat. Directed by Emmanuel Carrier, the themes are familiar — there’s a kinship with the work of the Darden and Ken Loach brothers — but this non-fiction adaptation by journalist Florence Aubenas weaves a different angle: the central character, played by Juliette Binoche, is not who she says she is.
Marianne is a successful author who works undercover as a cleaning lady collecting materials for her next book, a show about the experiences and livelihoods of invisible entrepreneurs in the baking business. The film raises a thorny moral question: Are lies and deception justified when the ends are laudable? Is friendship based on deception friendship at all? Binoche is the star and will undoubtedly be the main attraction, but it’s a naughty twist that dominates the scene from newcomer Hélène Lambert that gives the film its rough and angry energy.
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