Une plongée passionnante du côté de ceux qui sont les témoins des grands moments de nos vies, qui assistent à nos joies, à nos douleurs, à nos rancunes. L’argent et les sentiments se mêlent. C’est violent, cruel, tragique, poétique et comique.
At age 32, Claire is hired by a prestigious notarial office. Here, ties are made and broken. Acts weigh heavily on people’s lives. And the office is rife with strategic alliances and betrayals.
Claire Castaigne doesn’t look anything like what we imagine a notary public should look like. She is 32, her parents run a farm in Bourgogne where she grew up free from responsibilities. She gets around Paris on a motorcycle, has tattoos, lives alone, reads Marguerite Duras novels on her lunch break and, from time to time, enjoys a one-night stand. But, during the day at the office, you would never guess anything about her solitary personal life. Claire envisions the office world without irony, devotes herself to her clients and is emotionally implicated in their intimate life struggles. A notary office is a place where people’s lives are joined, cross paths or get ripped apart. At one point or another, we all end up there, whether for a marriage contract, acquiring an apartment, a divorce, a death in the family or an inheritance. Claire is a witness to these acts and the link between opposed parties. She gets people talking, calms things down and tries to undo the knots.
This is a fascinating immersion into the lives of those present at the turning points in our existence, those who witness our joys, our sorrows and our bitterness. When money and sentiments mix, the result can be violent, cruel, tragic, poetic and comical.