©Apple Films
©Apple Films
Feature Film | 1987-1988 | Drama | France

    Brief synopsis

    A women's prison. Women arrive, some for as long as eight years. They work making teddy bears. Dessombes, the head matron, misses little. She gets intelligence from Marthe, an older convict. When the uncompromising and difficult Nelly is sent to the hole for something she didn't do, the women suspect that Marthe had a hand in it. Brigitte breaks off their friendship, so Marthe adopts Nicole, guilty of infanticide and shunned by the other prisoners, as her surrogate daughter. Sabine, young, energetic, and one of the few with a husband who visits her, falls in love with Lucie, a woman who has given up on life and fears the day of her release. Tensions mount.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Marie-Christine BarraultDessombes [L]
    Annie GirardotMarthe [L]
    Bernadette LafontNelly Roux [L]
    MilvaLucie Germon [L]
    Agnès SoralNicole Beck [L]
    Corinne TouzetSabine [L]
    Fanny BastienBrigitte [L]


    1st ADJean-Jacques Albert
    Director of photographyBernard Lutic
    Still photographerJérôme Prébois
    Costume designerChristian Gasc
    DirectorCharlotte Silvera
    EditorDanielle Fillios
    Assistant editorCatherine Trouillet-Shorr
    ComposerMichel Portal
    ProducerRoger Andrieux
    Production designerGérard Viard
    ScreenwriterCharlotte Silvera
    Production sound mixerAlix Comte
    Boom operatorPierre Tucat
    Sound re-recording mixerDominique Dalmasso
    Sound editorChristine Benoît

    Production companies

    Apple Films [fr]
    Capital Cinéma [fr]
    TF1 Films Production [fr]Coproduction

    Distributing companies

    Capital Cinéma [fr]France (Theatrical)
    Tamasa Distribution [fr]International Sales


    Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 12/10/1988