Synopsis by Mark Deming
Fate brings together two people who have more in common than the surface would suggest in this drama from filmmaker Cedric Klapisch. France (Karin Viard) is a working-class single mother who finds herself in a tight spot when the factory she's been employed at for two decades is shut down in the wake of a corporate merger. With few prospects in her hometown, she leaves her daughters in the care of her sister and heads to Paris, hoping to find work as a domestic. France lands a job as a housekeeper for Steve (Gilles Lellouche), a smooth-talking businessman who has just relocated to Paris after several years in London, where he negotiated the deal that cost France her job. Steve has a young son, but barely has the time to look after him, and when he's forced to spend a few weeks away on business, he offers France a healthy bonus to take care of the boy. France doesn't mind the work and enjoys seeing how the other half lives, but there's a side to her that Steve doesn't know about, and vice versa. Ma Part du Gâteau (aka My Piece Of The Pie) was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
businessperson, factory, housekeeper, job-loss, merger, single-parent