Sandra, C'est La Vie (1993)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |  
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Marie (Imogen Stubbs) has spent about the minimum amount of time she could with her daughter Sandra (Lisa Fusco), who up until now has been brought up at an institution. Sandra has Downs Syndrome, which produces a characteristic transformation of the features, typically comes with a few health problems, and yields mild to severe cognitive difficulties which vary with the individual. In this story, Sandra has reached an age where she must be returned to her family. Since Marie was a child when she had Sandra, she has never been well prepared to take care of her. Now that she is trying to make progress on a relationship with a man who is not noted for his tolerant and understanding nature, she is even more concerned about having Sandra around. She tries to pass her off as her younger sister, but during the day while she is at work, Marie's boyfriend treats Sandra quite harshly, which frightens her into leaving on a journey on her own.

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daughter, family, fiancee, handicap, institution, mental-retardation, mother