Juliette Binoche is surprisingly natural in this role of journalist infiltrated among precarious workers.
Adapted from a novel
Juliette Binoche is back at the cinema in Emmanuel Carrère’s new film, “Ouistreham“. Adapted from the story “Le Quai de Ouistreham” by Florence Aubenas published in 2010, the feature film tells the story of Marianne Winckler, a writer at the turn of the fifties “who immerses herself for six months under a false identity in the world of temporary and precarious work by applying for a job as a housekeeper on board the ferries linking Ouistreham and Portsmouth”. The film opened the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
If the autobiographical and documentary book Le Quai de Ouistreham by Florence Aubenas has become a feature film directed by Emmanuel Carrère, in cinemas since January 12, it is because Juliette Binoche fought for it. The actress managed to convince the journalist to give up her rights. The result is a film in which Juliette Binoche gives of herself to non-professional actresses, themselves precarious workers struggling daily with impossible schedules and a dehumanizing lack of recognition. The actress is magnificent in her naturalness, strength and commitment in this social drama freely adapted from the reporter’s experience. Juliette Binoche has left aside the superstar mask to give herself entirely to her playing partners. While she is touring with the greatest, returning from several months in the United States where she has chained projects, the actress that Hollywood envies us appears more determined than ever to revalorize the human.