Safiye young woman of North African origin, comes from neighboring suburb to take care of an old acerbic bourgeois woman. Despite their confrontational relationship, Safiye is moved gradually to the infinite loneliness of Mrs. Wilouse and attempts to partially open its shell. But Mrs. Wilouse is unable to show his affection otherwise than with jealousy. That erupts when Safiye announces that she has finally found a "real job." A love-hate relationship which will be more and more difficult for the young girl to escape.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Maryam Khakipour was born in Tehran. She studied drama in the Fine Arts Faculty at the University of Tehran. She started acting at the City Theatre in Theran.
In 1982, she moved to France, where she attended the French Drama Conservatory in Paris and continued theater as a teacher.
Siah Bâzi, the Joy Makers, her first documentary film (2005), got a Special award at the Asian film festival Vesoul (France) and was selected in many festivals like Tribecca (NY), Ecum (Brasil), Amiens, La Rochelle (France), Solothurn (Switzerland)…
Moved by this film, Ariane Mnouchkine asked Maryam Khakipour to bring the Siah Bâzi troupe to her Théâtre du Soleil, where the film and their show were presented in the same event.
Following their success in Paris, the Joy Makers were invited to do a two-year tour of other major European theatres.
Shadi, her second documentary film (2009) is about the young actress of the Siah Bâzi troop in Tehran and at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris. Best film : Escales Documentaires 2009, La Rochelle (France). Special awards : « Hors Frontières » Traces de vie 2009 Clermond-Ferrand (France) ; Miradasdoc 2009, Canaries (Spain) ; Fidadoc 2009, Agadir (Marocco).
In 2013 she made two radio documentaries for the France Culture radio station called «Your death we take care of».
In 2014 she directed her first 30 minutes long feature film : A True Job, starring Hafsia Herzi (an actress introduced in La Graine et le mulet by Abdelatif Kechiche).
She is now shooting with the writer Jean-Daniel Magnin a random webdoc about adolescent immigrants who learn French in special classes : Why Am I Me and Not You.
She is writing the script of her first long feature film too : “Dad is back from cemetery”