Her Way (2022)

Director: Cécile Ducrocq

Running Time: 97 Minutes

Certification: 18

Starring: Laure Calamy, Nissim Renard, Béatrice Facquer, Maxence Tual, Romain Brau, Sam Louwyck, Diana Korudzhiyska, Amlan Larcher, Valentina Papic

Working as an independent sex worker in Strasbourg, Marie (Laure Calamy) is determined to provide a better life for her 17-year-old son, Adrien (Nissim Renard). His dream of being a chef is hampered by the lack of places in cooking schools, leaving him dejected and seeing the army as his only future prospect. The opportunity arises for Adrien to attend a prestigious private school, although the expensive fees force Marie to take desperate measures to secure his place.

Marie sees this school as the opportunity to help her son escape from a terrible environment into a better life, although her financial prospects are hampered by a law which affects sex-workers from earning money. This forces Marie to work at a brothel, where she takes great lengths to achieve her goal. What unfolds is a familiar tale which has been done to greater effect elsewhere, yet still charts a touching journey for these characters affected by constant rejections.

Frustrations bubble up within mother and son, as their clashes see them taking their grievances out on each other. Calamy exceptionally portrays Marie venturing through her own personal hell, as she tries helping her son persevere while enduring such torment. Renard is equally impressive as Adrien, whose difficult nature and hostility stems from self-doubts about believing he deserves a better life. The pair are the exceptional heart of this tale about the lengths parents will take to ensure their child lives a better life.

Her Way is available in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema now from Blue Finch Film Releasing