The renowned Parisian writer Marianne ( Juliette Binoche ) travels to the rough port city of Caen for her new book. There she wants to find out how those people who work hard every day and fight for survival are doing. She takes a job as a cleaning lady and ends up in the cleaning crew at the ferry port. Gradually she becomes friends with her colleagues, but that becomes a problem. Because it is becoming increasingly difficult for Marianne to keep her true identity and her actually well-off and comfortable life secret. And she’ll soon have enough material for her book…
“ Just like in real life ” is based on the experiences of the author Florence Aubenas, who also hired herself out as a cleaning lady for a book. For a long time she rejected a film adaptation of her work, which appeared in 2010, but the French acting legend Juliette Binoche («Caché», «Chocolat») really wanted to bring the material to the screen and remained stubborn. For years, she regularly invited the author to dinner to present her ideas for an adaptation. In the end with success…
An acting legend and all amateurs
And if we trust the majority of the press after the French theatrical release, Binoche’s persistence has paid off. The actress and director Emmanuel Carrère has made a «moving» and «moving» film . In the eyes of many critics, the unusual cast also contributes to this.
Because Juliette Binoche is surrounded by laypeople. For the roles of the other cleaning staff and workers, a suitable cast was sought on site in Caen among the people who really work hard there at the port and in the city, and then the roles were worked out together in a workshop lasting several months. There are also two women who became friends with author Aubenas while she was undercover.
We will soon be able to convince ourselves of this approach in German cinemas and see for ourselves whether the advance praise from France is justified: “ As in real life ” will be released in German cinemas on June 30, 2022.
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