ALL TO PLAY FOR (Cannes 2023) – Review by Nadine Whitney

The English language title of Delphine Deloget’s debut feature is almost the opposite to its original French title. All to Play For does not match up with the direct translation of Rien à perdre which means nothing to lose, and yet both titles are fitting for the tense drama about a single mother dealing with overzealous child protection services. Sylvie (Virginie Efria) gets to a point where she is playing for everything to reclaim her eight-year-old son, Sofiane (Alexis Tonetti) but with every dehumanising wall she encounters the boiling point will be reached where she has nothing left to lose.

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