Bernard Campan plays the role of his daughter in the TV movie “Comme des reines” broadcast on France 2. A shocking fiction that illustrates the shift of three teenage girls into the world of prostitution.
like queens : the harsh reality of underage prostitution
France 2 broadcasts like queens, a TV film that was acclaimed at the Luchon TV creation festival in 2021 and multi-award-winning, by Marion Vernoux. Fiction starkly illustrates the violent reality of some minors in prostitution. We follow the daily life of three young girls who allow themselves to be drawn into a network of escorts. Galvanized by the energy emanating from this band and its leader, the teenage girls go very fast get away from their familiesin search of freedom, as the official synopsis suggests:
Samia, 15, suffocates in a family straitjacket in which she does not recognize herself and finds her way with difficulty. During a party, intoxicated by an illusion of freedom, by the feeling of belonging to a gang and above all by easy money, she lets herself be led by her friend Louise and her pimp boyfriend, Nico, into a network of prostitution. When her mother discovers that she is a prostitute, Samia no longer dares to return home. At the same time, Jean-Philippe, Louise’s father, is trying to find traces of his daughter, who has been running away for three weeks.
Bernard Campan and his on-screen daughter
Bernard Campan (Almost) gives for the first time the reply to his daughter Nina Louise, who embodies Louise. He plays a father plagued by the absence of his daughter who got caught up in a prostitution ring. To find her, he is ready to do anything. He goes through escort sites, criss-crosses the streets where there are shabby hotels, questions the men present by showing photos of his daughter. Very soon, the famous actor thought of his own daughter to play Louise. He confides on this subject in the columns of the Parisian :
The more I read the script, the more the idea that this Louise—her name is close to my daughter’s stage name—was Nina. It’s the leader, the troublemaker. I found the energy she has with her friends. I said to him: “Do you want to read this? Do you feel like doing it? Take the time, think about it. It’s not a trivial role”.
A committed filmmaker
Marion Vernoux, therefore directs the fiction like queenswhere she highlights a trio of newbie actresses, Sarah Isabella (Samia) Nina Louise (Louise) and Bintou Ba (Jess). Alongside them are Idir Azougli (North ferry, Scheherazade) and Rabah born Oufella (Arthur Rambo) Where Again Carol Rocher and Bernard Campan, touching in overwhelmed parents.
The filmmaker is known for her committed cinema and loves favor female characters characterized by their freedom. We remember his work with Fanny Ardant in the film The good daysor his view of male sexuality in Fellow with Ana Girardot. Marion Vernoux is also member of the 50/50 collective for gender parity in cinema and audiovisual. Thus, without pretense, she addresses here the subject of prostitution among adolescent girls, a subject considered taboo in our society.