All Your Faces

France | 2023 | 118 min. | Jeanne Herry

Adèle Exarchopolous (Passages) won a César Award for this moving ensemble drama about a restorative justice group, where criminals and victims meet face-to-face and learn together what it takes to heal, to evolve, and to forgive.

Restorative justice, a program that provides victims and offenders with the possibility of dialogue, as a path to healing, has been in practice in France since 2014. In this nominee for the César for Best Film, Jeanne Herry brings together an impressive ensemble cast to tell the stories of seven people who decide to participate in such a program. The film follows two separate restorative justice processes. In the first, three victims of violent crime meet with three perpetrators of similar crimes. Among the participants are Grégoire (Gilles Lellouche), Nawelle (Leïla Bekhti), and Sabine (Miou Miou), victims of home invasion, a holdup, and purse snatching, respectively; while Nassim (Dali Benssalah), Issa (Birane Ba), and Thomas (Fred Testot) are offenders, convicted of violent robberies. In the second process, Chloé (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by her older brother, must confront the past as she tries to define the terms for her future. The victims share their experiences, and their debilitating impact; the offenders provide insight into why and how they commit their crimes. Unsentimental, the film does not shy away from the difficulties of such a process, at the same time as it offers a powerful and moving affirmation of the power of dialogue.

—Justine Barda

  • Original Language Title: Je verrai toujours vos visages
  • Director: Jeanne Herry
  • Principal Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Elodie Bouchez, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gilles Lellouche, MIou-Miou, Denis Podalydès
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 118 min.
  • Producer: Alain Attal, Hugo Sélignac
  • Screenplay: Jeanne Herry
  • Cinematographers: Nicolas Loir
  • Editors: Margot Barlet
  • Music: Pascal Sangla
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: César Awards 2024 (Best Supporting Actress)
  • Filmography: In Safe Hands (2018), Number One Fan (2014)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Distrib Films