La vallée des oubliés - Isabelle et Amandine

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La vallée des oubliés - Isabelle et Amandine

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 She is raising her 16 years old daughter alone since her twins Sébastien et Jérôme (33) left home. Amandine has good grades but teachers say she has a bad attitude.
 Berteaucourt-les-Danes , which is about 30kms far from Amiens. 1160 peoples live in the village. Here isa way to an isolated house.
Isabelle is 52. She lives in this house since forever. Her father and her mother died here, as well as her husband.
Isabelle
 Isabelle's room.
Isabelle is alcoholic since she was 17, or, as she'd rather say, she has "trouble with alcohol". She lives with unemployment benefits plus 90 euros for her daughter.
 Close up of Isabelle.
Isabelle and Amandine. July 1997.
 " Only your plonk counts for you. I'm sick of it. I swear, i'm gonna leave or i'm gonna do something stupid ! » In this precarious environment, relationships between the two women are complicated.
Amandine.
When communication becomes uneasy, animals comes in play to fill in the silence. Amandine's dog is called Chance (as in "luck" in French), maybe to ward off misfortune.
Close up of Isabelle.
Feedback form for the INSERR, the organization for road safety.
Jérôme, Isabelle's son, came to visit her. He does not have his driver licence. A friend drove him here. Today, Jérôme does not talk to his mother. He told her that she was a bad mother and that she never took care of him.
 Isabelle and the dogs.
Close up of Isabelle.
Isabelle
Isabelle
 Isabelle was 16 when she tattooed a flower on her arm. It is a pansy, a gesture of love for Aimé, the father of Jérôme, Sébastien and Ludovic, her baby who died at 7 months
Amandine, in the kitchen.
A summer walk around Berteaucourt-les-Dames. Isabelle's face is marked by suffering.
The garden.
The living room
Aurelie is Sebastien's wife, Isabelle's other son. She is five months pregnant. Her three previous kids were sent to foster care. Amandine is making a slight tender but uneasy gesture.
Isabelle smoking
After an afternoon spent at Isabelle's, she throws me her wallet to show me what is written in it. The day after, i learn than her daughter Amandine tried once again to end her life by meds overdose.
The house.
In the kitchen.
 Amandine is doing her homework in her room.
 Isabelle's room.
Isabelle, in her room
Landscapes of the Somme region.
In the kitchen.
Close up of Isabelle.
 Isabelle is putting on make-up.
Close up of Isabelle.
The cimetary
Close up of Isabelle.
Dog on the couch
 Walking by the fields.
Isabelle
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