“A better life” or how a couple plunged into the hell of debt
They are young, beautiful, very much in love and dream of “a better life.” But soon, Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leila Bekhti) find themselves caught in a financial dreams will break.
Through this feature film in competition at Sarlat Film Festival, which ends Saturday, director Cédric Kahn heard about “glass ceiling” and “system” that “produces little opportunity for upward mobility for some people that do not have parents behind them and not graduate. “
But the film’s “Regrets” intended primarily to demonstrate that these people “would not find happiness in the capitalist dream, undertaking, owning, but there are opportunities to get out otherwise,” said he said.
All these issues are addressed through the story of Yann, a cook in a canteen, for love, will propose to Nadia, a waitress and single mother of a little boy, Slimane (Slimane Khettabi) to open a restaurant.
The couple will then embark on this project with enthusiasm disproportionate in relation to their financial and quickly find themselves strangled by debt.
Yann rocking in the economy and finds himself trapped by slumlords while Nadia left for Canada where she hopes to earn some money. She says when her son Yann who will fight to get out of the galley in which they find themselves. “They have so little choice but to flee their debt,” said the director.
Cédric Kahn, who began writing the screenplay of “better life” there are more than two years, also plans to denounce “the exploitation of misery”, including the most vulnerable, the financial system in France in “any capitalist country.”
The film relies heavily on the formidable trio Leila Bekhti – who plays mostly in comedies but proved excellent in this tragedy – Guillaume Canet – very touching in his role as surrogate father – and Slimane Khettabi, a 10 year old boy who plays with incredible spontaneity his first role.
“He had never made a film and to keep it as is, no scene has been repeated,” said Cedric Khan whose film will be released January 4th on the screens.
The film, under ironic, is not totally hopeless. The love that grows between these three things will become their “El Dorado” and allow them to find “some freedom” and the strength to “go and prevent the trap from closing on him,” said the director.