She is a typist and below his station, but that won’t stop rich kid Philippe from seducing the beautiful Rachel. He is clear about their future together: there isn’t one. Rachel accepts the situation, even when she becomes pregnant.
Catherine Corsini’s adaptation of Christine Angot’s successful, eponymous novel – told from the perspective of Rachel’s daughter Chantal – proves that listening to your heart isn’t always smart. Particularly in the late 1950s in rural France, where class distinctions are still important. Rachel and her daughter will make it on their own, but the former will never truly free herself of Philippe. Painfully slowly, Rachel realises she made the wrong choice. With a strong, moving role for Virginie Efira, this chronological tale finely delineates the impossibility and dramatic consequences of her love for Philippe.