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Gente de Bién

Franco Lolli

Colombia / France

Eric, 10, finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. The man has trouble keeping their heads above water and building a relationship with his son. Maria Isabel, the woman Gabriel works for as a carpenter, decides to take the child under her wing.

In French, like in Colombia, the expression Gente de bien has two different meanings: it refers to both people who do good deeds and those, from an affluent background, that possess material goods. My film toys with this confusion. On one hand, we have this woman who believes she is doing good by taking a child away from his father, on the other, we have a child who, for one summer, is integrated into a higher social class. The latter is at the heart of Gente de bien, and I wanted to depict social conflict from an intimate angle. To me, it is first and foremost a film about family, even though, as I was writing it, I realised that I was making a somewhat odd and unconscious connection between family relationships and financial relationships: the issue of abandonment is to me linked to the idea of tipping over from one social class to another." Franco Lolli


Interview by Alex Masson for the Cannes Critics' Week website
Brayan Santamana, Carlos Fernando Perez, Alejandra Borrero
Franco Lolli, Catherine Paillé
Oscar Duran
Mathieu Perrot, Josefina Rodriguez
Nicolas Desmaison, Julie Duclaux
Geko Films

French Distributor: Ad Vitam  – french release: 03/04/2015

Cannes Critics' Week 2014

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