Fiction / 19min
A support worker in a hostel for young women at risk, Stéphanie’s whole life revolves round her work. Her commitment is shaken when Tamara, a 16 year old runaway, is brought back by the police. Trying to deal with the institution’s tight surveillance and hostility of the other girls, Tamara tries to make friends with Stéphanie, who becomes increasingly unsettled by the girl’s desire for closeness.
Bonne Espérance tells with intelligence and finesse the story of the meeting of two women that everything should have opposed. Kaspar Schiltknecht succeeds, with gentleness and grace, in filming the ages, the states of the body, the desires for freedom and guilt, the beauty and the unattractive, and reveals a young actress with a confounding naturalness who seduces her educator almost in spite of herself.
Frédéric Mermoud / Director