Lea (Elsa Zylberstein) and Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) are sisters. The film begins with Lea, the younger sister by fifteen years, picking Juliette up at the airport. We soon realize that the two sisters are almost complete strangers to each other. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Lea was still a teenager when Juliette, a doctor, was sent off to prison. Lea contacted Juliette when she was released and suggested that Juliette come to live with her. Juliette had no particular desire to see her sister again.Luc (Serge Hazanavicius), Lea's husband, is quite reserved, almost hostile, about Juliette's presence under their roof. Luc and Lea have two adopted Vietnamese daughters, who are 8 and 3 years old. Luc's father, Papy Paul (Jean-Claude Arnaud) also lives in the house. He's a charming old man who spends all of his time reading since a stroke deprived him of the power of speech.
Life together isn't easy to begin with. Juliette has to relearn certain basics. The world has moved on and she often seems confused. Although she may seem cold and distant, her attitude stems more from her being ill at ease. Helped by some, such as the kindly but tactless social worker and her open-hearted but depressed parole officer (Frederic Pierrot) whose confidante she becomes, Juliette is also rejected by others, particularly employers who throw her out as soon as they find out what she did.
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Follows Juliette, who after 15 years in prison returns to her hometown of Nancy. When she is reunited with her younger sister Lea, with whom she stays, Juliette finds herself imprisoned by another pain and secret. Meanwhile, Lea seems to lead a happy, calm and "normal" life with her husband Luc, two young daughters, many friends and an exciting job. Although siblings, Juliette and Lea are complete strangers to each other.
Juliette Fontaine (Kristin Scott Thomas, Golden Globe? Nominee for I've Loved You So Long, Oscar? nominee for The English Patient) is a frail, haunted woman, an ex-doctor who's a shell of her former self. Having served 15 years in prison for an unspeakable crime, she's back on the "outside." With nowhere else to go, she comes to live with her loving but estranged sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein). ...
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