English subtitles version
When I started writing my film, a friend told me “talk about you!” I kept her advice in a corner of my mind and, that same evening, I saw the film’s entire plot unfold on the screen of my closed eyelids. An abused woman, Agasia. An abusive husband, Maxime. A violent ex-fiancé, Víctor. A love triangle through which I could explore a very complex subject in all its dimensions.The visible violence between Agasia and Maxime, and the suggested violence between Agasia and Víctor does not define my film completely as the themes of “domestic violence” or “gender-based violence” would limit my film to a preconceived idea in the collective imagination. Today, this daily violence is seen as banal, in a world where the private sphere interferes more than ever in the public world.Placing a scene of violence that we call “domestic” in a public place like a restaurant, highlights the brutality of the blows given by Maxime, the husband, on Agasia and dissuades the witnesses of this scene to intervene as this is in the realm of a couple’s private life.I wonder to what extent this situation is private? When and how does one intervene?