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NOT HERE TO BE LOVED aka
JE NE SUIS PAS La POUR ÊTRE AIMe
UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Georges Wilson, Lionel Abelanski, Cyril Couton, Genevieve Mnich, Helene Alexandridis, Anne Benoît, Olivier Claverie, Marie-Sonha Conde, Isabelle Brochard, Stefan Wojtowicz, Pedro Lombardi
Director: Stephane Brize
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 93 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
UK Release Date: 8 June 2007
UK DVD Release Date: 22 October 2007
Jean-Claude (Patrick Chesnais) is a 'hussier de justice' (the French equivalent of a bailiff), who carried on his father's business and currently finds little joy in his life. With his father (Georges Wilson) now in a home but whose critical nature tries the patience of the care workers, Jean Claude loyally visits him each weekend.
Jean Claude eventually plucks up the courage to shake off the dreary monotony of his daily life and signs up for some tango lessons at the dance studio opposite his office. It is here that he meets Françoise (Anne Consigny) taking dancing lessons for her forthcoming wedding to Thierry (Lionel Abelanski). She recognises him and remembers Jean Claude's mother as her former babysitter when she was a child. A tentative bond begins to develop between the two of them, but each is justifiably cautious.
Interview with Patrick Chesnais and Anne Consigny