Fred Baillif, Switzerland 2021
“Who are you?” – “The punk queen in the land of assholes.”
Seven girls live together under one roof. They didn’t choose each other, like in a family. They come from difficult backgrounds; here in the home, the girls find a new family, a community unlike any they’ve known before. They share joy and sorrow and rebel against the shortcomings of their environment – the temperaments of the young women are different, their hunger for life is great, their place in society too precarious. Home director Lora is always there for them when they need her. Or is it the other way around? La Mif was created in close collaboration with the young actresses involved in the development of their characters. Each fate a splinter. They come together to form a dazzling kaleidoscope that turns hierarchies upside down. The film sensitively reveals the shortcomings of youth protection systems as well as the fragility of social structures and explores the question of what it may mean to be part of a family.