Forbach, Eastern France. Present day. Since his wike walked out to the family, Mario has raised their two daughters of his own. Frida, 14, blames him for her mother leaving. Niki, 17, dreams of independence. Meanwhile, Mario waits for his wife to come home.
Real Love is a portrait of a family, a town and a whole social class. Forbach is an economically distressed community at the heart of a working-class region. The wealthier classes moved out long ago and the middle class is slowly disappearing. Movies tend to be set either in upscale environments—beautiful locations, characters whose purchasing power makes everything possible in narrative terms—or among society’s most underprivileged groups, whose struggle to survive against overwhelming odds and obstacles is dramatically compelling. The middle class may appear less cinematic, more difficult to depict. I wanted to move people without sensationalizing, I wanted emotion to drive the story rather than plot twists.
Claire Burger (Press Release, 2018)
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