Into every nook and crevice – Audrey Estrougo’s Behind Closed Doors opens up a debate on sexism, injustice and violence

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Behind Closed Doors (Une Histoire Banale, France 2014) is precisely what its original French title describes – an ordinary story.

Nathalie, a 30-year-old living in Paris, leads a simple and pleasant life. She gets along with her colleagues, often goes out with friends, and plans to move in with her loving fiancé. With a happy and prosperous future ahead of her, she could not ask for more in her small, quaint life. However, a night out with a co-worker changes Nathalie’s life as she knows it, and she is forced to face a new self she did not know could exist.

The film follows Nathalie through the aftermath of the violence done to her. Continue reading