La femme de Gilles
Fiction, 103 min.
Coproduction with foreign director
by Frédéric Fonteyne
Belgium / France / Luxembourg / Italy / Switzerland, September 2004
A working-class district in rural France, between the Wars. Elisa is Gilles’ wife. She takes
care of their children, and spends each day waiting for her husband to return home. Gilles
works in the blast furnaces - sometimes by day, sometimes at night. The furnaces never
shut down. Elisa’s younger sister Victorine often visits, to play with the children and help
out around the house. Elisa is pregnant. She’s troubled by strange suspicions. Gilles and
Victorine, Victorine and Gilles... but they’re just crazy ideas. Expectant mothers often get
crazy ideas. Then one day, her suspicions become an unbearable certainty. Gilles and
Victorine are lovers. Stunned, Elisa begins an interior battle, a battle of silence and a
desperate, self abnegating heroism. A battle to recover what she has lost. To become, once
again, Gilles’ wife.
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Written by: Philippe Blasband, Frédéric Fonteyne
World Premiere: September 2004
Original Version: French, colour, 35mm, 103 min.
Editing: Erwin Ryckaert
Sound: Carlo Thoss
Music: Vincent d'Hondt
Art Direction: Manu Kamanda