This Monday, November 15, France 2 broadcasts the TV movie “Nobody’s Child” adapted from the true story of Lyes Louffok. In the cast, we find in particular Isabelle Carré, Nawell Madani and Andréa Bescond.
Nobody’s child: what is this TV movie?
After winning the prize for best unit at the last La Rochelle Fiction Festival, Nobody’s child arrives on France 2 this November 15th. In particular carried by Isabelle Carré, Nawell Madani and Andréa Bescond, the film aims to open our eyes to the terrible journey of children in care.
Lyes is brutally torn from Émilie, the foster mother who took him in as a baby, and who would like to adopt him. The child thus finds himself confronted with the violence of the homes of the ASE, which refuses to cut the link with the biological mother, yet unable to take care of him. Agathe, Émilie’s sister, never abandoned the child. She will fight against the system to try to maintain a connection with him. Decided to take him home to help him rebuild.
A poignant true story
Nobody’s child is adapted from the autobiographical book In the hell of homes written by Lyes Louffok. In this book published in 2014, he looked back on his painful journey as a child placed in Social Assistance to Childhood. Since the release of his book, Lyes Louffok campaigns for better protection of children in care and respect for their rights.
During an interview for the Loopsider media on the occasion of the broadcast of Nobody’s child, he returned to his past as a foster child. But also on the dysfunctions of child protection and its fight.
He explains in particular his descent into hell triggered by a mistreating foster family. While he was thriving in his previous host family, the latter decided to move south and despite a request, he was unable to follow her. So he landed in a new home in which he was mistreated. This ordeal lasted 2 years, but his third family turned out to be as sadistic as the first. At the age of 10, he was therefore placed in a home, which he describes as “hell”.
The full interview is available below. Note that the France 2 TV movie will be followed by a debate.