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The Wrong Victim (Parole contre Parole, 2017)

Director: Didier Bivel
Cast: Elsa Lunghini, François Vincentelli, Patrick Ridremont
Genre: Crime
Length: 88’


In the glittering world of high-stakes auctions and exclusive galleries, promises of success intertwine with the chilling echoes of a night that will haunt one woman forever. Eurochannel premieres The Wrong Victim.

At the heart of this compelling narrative is Laura, a young auctioneer on the brink of a promising career, whose life is forever altered after a fateful cocktail party. As the film unfolds, we witness Laura's world crumble beneath the weight of unspeakable trauma. When she is sexually assaulted by Guillaume, a powerful gallery owner, the fabric of her reality is torn asunder. But the nightmare doesn't end there. On the same fateful night, Guillaume's wife meets a tragic demise, thrusting Laura into the role of his unlikely alibi.

In a stunning twist of fate, Laura grapples with a choice that will define the course of her life: seek justice for the heinous crime committed against her, or deny the whole incident and let him meet the gallows. As she navigates the treacherous waters of guilt and revenge, Laura realizes that she holds the power to wield justice in her own hands by refusing to press charges and allowing Guillaume to use her assault as his alibi.

This pivotal moment sets the stage for a riveting journey of self-discovery and redemption, as Laura confronts the demons of her past and embraces the strength within her. With each twist and turn, she defies the expectations placed upon her, emerging as a beacon of resilience in the face of adversity.

As the layers of deception are peeled back and the truth comes to light, The Wrong Victim becomes a searing indictment of a society that too often fails to protect its most vulnerable members. Through Laura's eyes, we bear witness to the harsh realities of sexual violence and the enduring power of the human spirit to overcome even the darkest of circumstances.

With its electrifying storyline, nuanced performances, and unflinching portrayal of difficult subject matter, The Wrong Victim is a cinematic tour de force that will leave audiences breathless. Prepare to be swept away on a journey of heart-stopping suspense and emotional resonance, as Laura's quest for justice becomes a rallying cry for survivors everywhere and to be moved, challenged, and ultimately inspired by this unforgettable tale of courage, retribution, and the triumph of the human spirit.

After a cocktail party, a promising young auctioneer Laura is raped by a powerful gallery owner. The same night, his wife is murdered and Laura becomes his unlikely alibi. When the police ask her to confirm, she realizes she can take her revenge and have her rapist convicted of murder.

Awards and festivals:
• Luchon International Film Festival 2018 - Winner - Best Actress - Elsa Lunghini
• Luchon International Film Festival 2018 - Winner - Audience Award - Best TV Movie

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