Léa is stuck in Le Havre. She is studying and taking care of her senile grandmother. She works at a nightclub to pay the rent. But Léa has big plans and when she is accepted at the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris she gets an opportunity that cannot be missed. But in order to pay for a nursing home for her grandmother, she has to move from being a kitchen help to working as a stripper. Anne Azoulay is fantastic as Léa, a young woman who puts all her feelings aside to attain her goals. She doesn’t waste any time brooding on things, but always finds a way forward, and Azoulay often wordlessly manages to convey all the things that Léa holds inside her. Bruno Rolland’s directorial debut is a convincing portrait of a young woman unflinchingly walking barefoot over broken glass. –Göteborg International Film Festival
Desptie a quite grand performance by Anne Azoulay film falls a little flat mostly due to script problems with motivation. Lea seems to be a strong character able to put her future above her travails. When she starts to unravel after seemingly somewhat achieving what she set out for one can't help but wonder why. Rolland's directorial debut hints at promise of future triumph however and Azoulay one to watch for.