"Should a man come along, let him be shared" A secret vow taken in a beautiful village of only women.
|Cast||Pauline Burlet, Géraldine Pailhas, Alban Lenoir, Iliana Zabeth|
Violette is old enough to marry in 1852 when her mountain village is brutally deprived of all its men following the repression of the Republicans ordered by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. The women spend months in total isolation. Desperate to one day see their men again, they take an oath: if a man comes, he will be for everyone. Life must continue in the belly of each and every one of them.
In a mountain village in which only women are left behind, with effectively no church and no police, the women come up with their own rule to overcome the situation. Shortly, one man arrives, and a nervous tone quietly spreads amongst the women. Full of suspense, this masterpiece depicts the women each restless in their understanding of the rule, in a beautiful golden landscape reminiscent of Millet's paintings. Directed by promising French female director who has experienced working under Michel Haneke.
Marine Francen grew up in the countryside and moved to Paris to study literature and history. She first discovered the film industry with a job in production (company of J. Ivory and I. Merchant MIP) and then worked as a director assistant from 1999 to 2012. Marine Francen was mainly involved on long features (M. Haneke, O. Assayas, R. Berry, T. Marshall, J-F Richet, G. Le Bomin, M. Leclerc), while writing and directing 4 short features : a documentary and 3 fictions. She also made a photography coverage about Shanghaï published in renown French magazine Telerama in 2005. The sower is the winner of the New Directors prize at San Sebastian and nominated 2018 GGA New Directors (Narrative feature) at San Francisco.