Description

Cyril, Francis and Franck have served their sentences. After years in prison, each of them has to rebuild his life now. They have to compose with their past and to build a future for themselves, a new identity. Their obligations towards the judicial system are stringent, and the risk of seeing the reprieve, the probation or even the newly found freedom lost again with the slightest negligence weighs heavy on each of them. Their daily living conditions, too, are far from being easy: Frank is obliged to live with his mother, Francis has to content himself with a tiny room in a run-down hotel and Cyril has to deal with temporary accommodation. In brief, circumstances which do not really change a lot from life in a small cell. Finally, the “judgement” of neighbours and “friends” is also clearly not simple to deal with. Whether between lines or through a heavy silence, we experience the difficulties of these men finding a new place in a society that had previously excluded them. As they move forward, they have to find a way to deal with their past life, with its memories and wounds, and build a new horizon, a fragile and uncertain future. A little bit as in Francis’ swimming lessons: try not to sink, not to get submerge by gravity, or indeed discouragement, while advancing. The director has followed our three protagonists during extensive periods in order to capture significant moments of the slow reconstruction process. With modesty and respect, he offers us to share some fragments of their lives and invites us to seize the social and individual precariousness which comes with their reintegration.