For his new production, Les Choses Humaines, Yvan Attal tackles a complex subject: an accusation of rape that will shatter the lives of two young people and their families, as the first images of the film reveal.
Presented out of competition at the Venice Mostra and at the Deauville Festival, Les Choses Humaines will land in French cinemas on December 1st. It is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Karine Tuil, awarded the Interallié prize and the Goncourt prize for high school students in 2019.
The film explores the issue of consent and legal truth in a post #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc rape case.
The synopsis is thus not stingy in questions: A young man is accused of having raped a young woman. Who is this young man and who is this young woman? Is he guilty or is he innocent? Is she a victim or only in a desire for revenge, as the accused claims? The two young protagonists and their relatives will see their lives, their convictions and their certainties shattered but… Is there only one truth?
To play some of the protagonists of this delicate affair, Yvan Attal has, as for his previous production, My Stupid Dog (2019), called on members of his family. His son Ben Attal thus plays the brilliant student accused of rape by the daughter (Suzanne Jouannet) of his mother’s new companion (Mathieu Kassovitz), played by Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Pierre Arditi, in the role of a star TV host and father of the accused, Audrey Dana, in that of the victim’s mother, a very practicing Jew, but also Benjamin Lavernhe and Judith Chemla, in the skin of lawyers , complete the distribution.
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