Ombline

Dir.: Stéphane Cazes | France, Belgium 2012 | 96 min

Most prison films have a distinctly masculine tone, so already the fact that the centre of Stéphane Cazes's 'Ombline' is a woman makes it interesting. But it certainly isn't the only interesting thing about the film. It is set in the modern, almost docu-realistic tradition of Jacques Audiard's 'A Prophet' and our own 'R', and is about 20-year-old Ombline, who is sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a police officer who was about to arrest her boyfriend for drug possession. But she has not served for long before finding out that she is pregnant, and when she gives birth to her son Lucas, her life in prison takes on an entirely new dimension. Naturally, it is no bed of roses to be a new mother behind bars, and Ombline's aggressive temperament is pushed to the extremes, as Lucas time and again is woken up by the loud inmates. Ombline's boyfriend is dead, her father has served time since she was 13, and back in the real world she only has her friend Rita, who constantly promises more than she can keep. Stéphane Cazes's debut is an intense and sober stomach punch of a film, which wisely avoids the otherwise so obvious sentimental pitfalls. It hurts, but hope is allowed to live in the midst of all the gloom.

Original Title
Ombline
Country
France, Belgium
Release Year
2012
Duration
96 min.
Directors
Stéphane Cazes
Producer
Jeremy Zelnik, Ilann Girard, Diana Elbaum, Sebastien Delloye
Script
Cast
Melanie Thierry, Corinne Masiero, Catherine Salee, Nathalie Becue
Camera
Virginie Saint-Martin
Sound
Christophe Penchenat
Editor
Jeanne Kef
Music
Cyrille Aufort
Production Company
Dibona Films, Arsam International, Entre Chien et Loup
Version
Dialogue: French English Subtitles
Tempo
7
Thrills
7
Sighs
7
Laughs
6
Look
5
Food for thought
4