The Line

The Line

Switzerland | 2022 | 100 min | Ursula Meier

April 15 - 17, 2022

After a vicious physical fight with her mother, Margaret must navigate her complicated relationship with her family after receiving a restraining order that mandates she stay 100 meters away from her mother’s home for three months.

The Line grabs your attention from the start, opening with a ferocious pre-credits attack by petite dynamo Margaret (Stéphanie Blanchoud, who collaborated on the script) on her mother Christina (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), which destroys an elegant living room. Christina, a former concert pianist who gave up her career for her family and never lets them forget it, suffers an injury to her hearing in the fight, ruining music for her. Margaret (who had been living in the garage of her mother’s home) is hit with a restraining order: She must stay 100 meters away from the house for three months. Marion (Elli Spagnolo), Margaret’s young schoolgirl sister, is torn between love for both her mother and her sister; she paints a blue line around the house at 100 meters and extracts Margaret’s promise not to cross it (where they meet regularly for Marion, a promising singer, to receive music lessons from Margaret). The middle sister, Louise (India Hair), is about to give birth to twin girls who, when they arrive for Christmas, add their squalling to Christina’s auditory discomfort. Masterfully directed by Ursula Meier (Home, Sister) with moments of dark humor, this turbulent, unnerving tale explores the complicated dynamics of a starkly divided family as they try to heal and forgive.

Ruth Hayler

  • Original Language Title: La ligne
  • Director: Ursula Meier
  • Principal Cast: Stéphanie Blanchoud, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Elli Spagnolo
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Switzerland, France, Belgium
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 100 min
  • Producer: Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Marie-Ange Luciani, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Delphine Tomson
  • Screenplay: Stéphanie Blanchoud, Ursula Meier, Antoine Jaccoud
  • Cinematographers: Agnès Godard
  • Editors: Nelly Quettier
  • Filmography: Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind (2017), Sister (2012), Home (2008)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Memento International