French fiction takes action against violence against women

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(AFP) – Domestic violence, sexual assault, teenage prostitution … Four years after #MeToo, a wave of fictions dealing with violence against women is sweeping through French channels, a healthy trend in the eyes of committed personalities in the sector.

“It was time for channels and the media in general to take hold of these subjects!” rejoices with AFP Andréa Bescond (“Les Chatouilles”), co-director and the cast of the telefilm “A la folie” (M6), on the hold of a narcissistic pervert, in competition at the fiction festival of La Rochelle.

Worn by Marie Gillain and Alexis Michalik, this fiction, inspired by the experience of its co-screenwriter, the comedian Eléonore Bauer, is part of a fairly dark, reflection of its time.

Adapted from a Quebec work, the shock series of TF1 “Fugueuse” follows the descent into hell of a teenager who, under the hold of an older man, will fall into the prostitution, after being raped. That of 09 e RUE, “I killed my husband”, deals with domestic violence.

On the TV side, the employees of a printing press are mobilized in “Boomerang” (France Televisions), led by Louise, camped by Corinne Masiero, to defend a worker sexually assaulted by a colleague protected by the direction.

In “Doubts”, tense closed doors of Arte, Muriel Robin plays the presenter of an investigative program leading the investigation of her own husband, accused by a young woman for having raped her as a child.

And the list goes on with the programs announced outside the festival: “She saved me” (M6 ) on the feminicide of Julie Douib, at the origin of the Grenelle against domestic violence, “Service Volé” (TF1), adapted from the book by Isabelle Demongeot, raped by her tennis trainer, “H 24 “(Arte), series of short films written by writers and taken from 17 stories real violence of all kinds …

“It is the sign of an awareness” comments for AFP Olivier Wotling, director of fiction of Arte France.

“As the word is freed, we are in the movement of the world”, explains his counterpart from France Televisions, Anne Holmes, recalling that MeToo has trained number of articles, books, testimonies, and that it “takes about two years to make a fiction”.

It is a subject which ” fascinates the public “, adds Florent Gellie, director of fiction programs of the M6 ​​group, citing the enormous success of TF1 audiences with his TV movie on Jacqueline Sauvage in 400.

– “Sparking debate” –

For M6, the treatment of these subjects follows the modification, for two years, of its editorial line towards “committed societal fictions”, likely to please the housewife under 50 years, which, “we are not going to hide it”, remains “the privileged commercial target of the private channels”.

It is also a question of “arousing the debate” in homes, believes Anne Holmes, claiming the role of “precursor” of the public service in the matter. “, as was the case among the film crews.

” When we talk about it we realize that everyone has suffered (sexual) assault or knows someone ‘one who was a victim “, notes this activist who put on a show on violence against women,” Les vaginites “, and” asked to be a harassment referent on two shoots. “

The small screen also makes it possible to reach a large audience, insists Andréa Bescond. His film on child crime, “Les Chatouilles”, had produced nearly 50. 2021. 000 0 theatrical admissions in 2018, and gathered 3.6 million spectators during its broadcast on France 2.

“Television is quite magical if you need to deliver a message”, estimates the one who will play in “Touchées”, a TF1 TV movie directed by Alexandra Lamy on therapeutic fencing for women victims of sexual violence.

“Now it is necessary that the political society evolves with this great progress of the civil society, and there to the moment we are really lagging behind “.

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