Faustine’s father immortalized, in family films, the most beautiful moments of his life, while her mother’s difficulties struck the blind spot of her images. Today, the filmmaker revisits these films to tell another story: that of a woman who sees her role as a mother gradually taking away her freedom.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
World Premiere: DOK Leipzig International Competition 2022
Upcoming: L’Alternativa (Nov. 18 – Dec. 4)
- Prize of the Interreligious Jury at DOK Leipzig 2022
- Silver Dove for best long documentary or animated film by an up-and-coming director in the International Competition at DOK Leipzig 2022
For taking a bold look at her family, while yearning to understand her mother – any mother; For learning to see her mother the way her mother sees herself – any woman; For learning a new narrative about a family and herself. In seeking to understand a family’s pain, this film gives voice to the primal scream of women, wives and mothers everywhere. For this, the jury awards the Silver Dove to A Life Like Any Other.
- Special Mention in International Feature Film competition at L’Alternativa 2022
- Don Quixote International Feature Film Special Mention at L’Alternativa 2022
“A searching and honest recalibration of one family’s narrative, as the director reinterprets her father’s obsessive home movies from her mother’s perspective of domestic unfulfillment.”Carmen Gray, The Film Verdict
“[Cros’s] documentary is a sensitive and sympathetic portrait of the outstanding personality of her mother. But it is also a unique and unprecedented portrayal of the destructive impact of the daily routine of motherly care.”Melita Zajc, Modern Times Review
A Life Like Any Other is a delicate and sensitive personal film in which Cros produces an in-depth portrait of an era, without making any judgement of her father, or men in general. The combination of archive footage, interviews and observation is exquisitely edited by Cédric Zoenen and Cros (who is herself an experienced editor) to balance the love that clearly exists in the family with the most telling, painful moments.Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Born in 1988, Faustine Cros graduated from INSAS (Belgium) in editing. In her work, she plays with hybrid forms between documentary, auto-fiction, experimental, mixing her own images and family archives. Her graduation film “La Détesteuse” was selected and awarded at many international festivals. “A life like any other” is her first film produced by Julie Freres at Dérives.
Direction, screenplay Faustine Cros
Cinematography Jean-Louis Cros, Faustine Cros
Sound Faustine Cros
Editing Cédric Zoenen, Faustine Cros
Composer Ferdinand Cros
Producer Julie Freres, Camille Laemlé
Production company Dérives, Les Films D’Ici
Co-production SIC – Sound image culture, CBA-Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles, RTBF
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Julie Freres is the producer of Dérives in Belgium, a structure for supporting and accompanying young filmmakers created in 1977 by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. She has produced about sixty creative documentaries, focusing mainly on first and atypical films. Recent productions include “Dans la maison” (IDFA 20), “Ailleurs, Partout” (IFFR 20), “In a silent way” (CPHDox 20), and co-productions “Petit samedi” (Berlinale 20), “Sous le nom de Tania” (Berlinale 19) and “D’un château l’autre” (Locarno 18). Julie graduated from the IAD film school in directing, and worked as a director at RTBF (Belgian Television). Today, she teaches production at INSAS, is a member of the Cinema Commission of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and of Wallonia Image Production.
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