Mbissine Thérèse Diop Diouana
Anne-Marie Jelinek Madame (Anne-Marie Jelinek)
Robert Fontaine Monsieur
Momar Nar Sene Diouana’s Boyfriend
Ibrahima Boy Boy with Mask
Writing Credits: Ousmane Sembène
Cinematography: Christian Lacoste
A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family, but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves from Dakar to the south of France. In her new country, the woman is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers. Her hope for better times turns to disillusionment and she falls into isolation and despair. The harsh treatment leads her to consider suicide the only way out.
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