DRAMA / FRANCE / 2022 / 119MINS / M
Inspired by true events, Annie’s Fire is the warm, tender and humane new film from Blandine Lenoir (Aurore, AF FFF18), featuring another terrific performance from the unstoppable Laure Calamy (Full Time, AF FFF22) as an ordinary woman who becomes emboldened by a cause far bigger than herself.
February 1974, regional France. When mild-mannered working- class mother of two Annie and her husband accidentally fall pregnant, they know they can’t afford to care for another child. Annie is introduced to a group of local women and doctors who offer both judgment-free support and family planning. Far from underground, the network defiantly refuses to hide from public view, even though their efforts are considered illegal across the nation.
Annie is surprised by the camaraderie and conviction of her new friends, and through them, finds her mind opened to feminism and self-empowerment. Anchored by Calamy’s generous and hugely engaging performance, amid an exceptional ensemble cast of authentic, memorable characters, Lenoir’s ode to female solidarity tells a tale as important as ever, not only a compelling reminder of how things were, but also a warning of how they could yet be.
Stirring, engrossing and open-hearted, powered by Calamy’s loveable performance– VARIETY
FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
– LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 - Winner – Variety Piazza Grande Award
ANGOULÊME FILM FESTIVAL 2022 - Official Selection