a film by Ursula Meier
Full-length film
Length 105'
Format 35 mm
Language Fr



In the middle of a quiet and deserted countryside, an empty 2x2-lane freeway, which asphalt remains untouched, stretches away in the distance. It has never been used since it was built, several years before. Right on its edge, just a few meters away from the barriers, stands an isolated house with a small garden. A family lives in this house. Summer is at its start and the freeway is soon to be opened...

Literally dumped on the edge of the freeway, just a few meters from the exhaust pipes, in an increasingly hellish and constant noise, the family becomes disorientated, unbalanced and ends up shutting themselves from the rest of the world. They become marginalised and gradually sink into madness.

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Cinema – 13 november 2008 – Sphinx
Cinema – 7 november 2008 – UGC Toison d’or


Marthe Isabelle Huppert
Michel Olivier Gourmet
Judith Adelaide Leroux
Marion Madelein Budd
Julien Kacey Mottet Klein


Director Ursula Meier
Director of photography Agnès Godard
Sound Luc Yersin
Editor Susanna Rossberg
Sound editing Etienne Curchod
Set designer Ivan Niclass


Production: Box Production, Need production, Archipel 33, Iota Production
Coproduction: le CNC, la Communauté Française de Belgique, la RTBF, France 3, Canal+ France, l’ OFC, TSR, Eurimages et Pôle Image Liège.


French Film Festival of Tubingen
Grand Prix du FIFF of Tübingen-Stuttgart French-german youth award Critic award

Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar Del Plata
SILVER ASTOR to Best Actress – Isabelle Hupert ADF Award (Argentinean Photography Authors Association) for Best Photography – Agnès Godard

Namur International French Film Festival
Bayard d’or for best photography

Angoulême French Film Festival
Film directing award Jury’s special mention for Kacey Mottet Klein

Reykjavik International Film Festival

Prix du Cinéma Suisse 2009
Best fiction film Best script

3 nomination: Best first film Best photography Best Set design

International Critic’s week
Cannes 2008

Stockholm international film festival
Bratislava international film festival
Festival des Films du Monde
closing film

London IFF
Tokyo IFF
World cinema category

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