Synopsis by Michael Betzold
This harrowing film chronicles a few months in the life of a single mother (Dominique Reymond) of seven illegitimate children and her struggles on a French farm. Their father (Daniel Duval) owns the farm where the woman and kids live and work, but he lives with his legitimate family in town. He pays periodic visits to the farm and works the children hard. The mother thinks about leaving but doesn't know how she could start over. When the father isn't there, the children are playful and carefree. One day, the father comes on sexually to the oldest daughter, Jeanne (Jessica Martinez). Jeanne tells her mother about this, on Christmas Eve. The distraught mother agonizes over how to handle the situation.
large-family, poverty, stepfather, farmhouse, farming, incest, white-slavery