Directed by : Léa FEHNER

  • Year of production : -1
  • Country : France


Zorah is an old Algerian woman. The day after her son's murder, she abandons everything to go to France to meet his killer in prison. How, though, will she get to meet the prisoner in the visiting room without his consent? Laure, 15 years old, has fallen in love with a thug. As he is in prison, she has to find an adult to go with her so that she can get into the visiting room. She meets Antoine, a young, cynical, house sur­geon, who gets his kicks from observing other people's troubles. Stéphane, a penniless, young, blood delivery-man, is as­ked to swap places in a prison visiting room with a crook so that he can escape. The amount of money he is offered is tempting, but the man he is supposed to substitute himself for is of a completely different size... Two women, one man, three journeys meet in the visiting room at Fleury-Mérogis prison.


While writing the short film "Sauf le silence", I went to research locations around the prison of Fleury-Merogis, and talked to an association that looks after the families waiting for the visiting room. This film comes from these encounters with the close ones of prisoners. Not shut away inside, or free outside, I wanted to give voice to these men and women with silent destinies, to express the link that remains despite the wounded hearts and flesh. I chose the form of a choral recital: three stories, three different relationships to prison, three characters who have arrived at a decisive moment in their life and each choosing to take their fate into their own hands in a singular manner; the strength of a story is, for me, the first defence against indifference made ordinary.


Léa FEHNER - Director


Language film : French
Working budget: 2,6M €
Financing acquired: 600 000 €




L'Atelier 2008