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Young Mothers in the 70s - Bénédicte Delmas - France



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Young Mothers in the 70s (Elles...les filles du plessis, 2015)

Director: Bénédicte Delmas
Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Blandine Bellavoir, Noémie Merlant, Roxane Bret
Genre: Drama   


They are part of a revolution and will stop at nothing. Welcome to 1970s France to meet a group of teenage girls making a revolution of their own. Interned in a house for young pregnant women, they are done with mistreatment and judgment ― now they’ll stand their ground and demand a better life. Eurochannel presents Young Mothers in the 70s.

Directed by Bénédicte Delmas, Young Mothers in the 70s is one of the most provocative French productions of 2015. Based on real events, the movie depicts the lives of many young pregnant teens in the 1970s in France, when they were harshly judged and rejected by a prejudiced society.

This inspiring drama is set in the context of feminist struggles for birth control and the right to abortion, especially for minors. The leading characters, Brigitte, Aimé, Jaqueline and Marie-France, meet at la Maison du Plessis, where they are interned after their parents discover their pregnancy. Some are expecting the fruit of love, but others are victims of rape and abuse ― yet, they’re all seen as guilty and undeserving.

The stirring blend of awesome performances and a poignant story brought this production wide acclaim from the local press, critics and awards. The film received Audience Award for Best Fiction and two special mentions by the jury for the screenplay and the actresses at the Festival des créations télévisuelles de Luchon.

Eurochannel invites you to travel back in time to an era of social revolution, and to meet the girls who fought for their right to make their own decisions about their bodies and children!


In the 1970s, a home on the outskirts of Paris took in teenage mothers. It made no difference whether the baby was the product of love or rape, the institution's sole concern was getting the girls back on the right track. But the day rebellion struck, the whole system came to a grinding halt . . .

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