A melodrama set in the slums of Marseille, a tough, gripping story. All the actors were amateurs, cast on the streets. Zachary is released from juvenile detention – and ends up straight back where he was before his spell inside: his old dealer friends welcome him back to the dirty, dangerous corners of Marseille. To celebrate his newly-won freedom, they pay for a night with a prostitute for him – Shéhérazade. But Zachary falls in love with the girl and they start a relationship. Soon, he’s managing her business. But his macho clique can’t understand how anyone can have feelings for a whore. Zachary has to make a choice.
JEAN-BERNARD MARLIN (*1979) studied at the Louis-Lumière film school in Saint-Denis and has hitherto made shorts on the subject of youth crime. With La Fugue he won the Silver Bear in 2013 at the Berlinale. Shéhérazade is his debut feature film.
OV with German subtitles
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