Arnaud des Pallières made this film on the basis of the idea that every life is in fact made up of several lives, and every personality of several personalities. To understand who his protagonist Renée – the young headmistress of a small school who can’t escape her past – is, we have to get to know the people she has been: the adolescent Sandra, the teenager Karine and the little girl Kiki. She is played by actresses who don’t bear a striking resemblance to one another; one way of emphasizing these differences.
The risk of his audience becoming disoriented doesn’t seem to bother Des Pallières, who allows the narrative threads to run together seamlessly: he knows that the average viewer instinctively looks for similarities to find cohesion within the story. The model for this exciting narrative form is the life of screenwriter Christelle Berthevas, with whom he previously made Michael Kohlhaas (2013).

International title
Orphan
Filmmaker
Arnaud des Pallières
Country
France
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
111’
Language
French
Producer
Michel Klein, Serge Lalou
Production Company
Les films Hatari
Sales
Le Pacte
Writer
Arnaud des Pallières, Christelle Berthevas
Cinematography
Yves Cape
Editor
Arnaud des Pallières, Guillaume Lauras, Emilie Orsini
Production Design
Guillaume Deviercy
Cast
Gemma Arterton, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Adèle Haenel, Sergi López, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jalil Lespert, Solène Rigot