Where Life Begins

Directed by Stéphane Freiss

26-year-old Esther, the daughter of a rabbi from Aix-les-Bains, joins her ultra-Orthodox family on their annual trip to a farm in southern Italy, where they perform the sacred task of harvesting lemons. While Esther is expected to marry a man she does not yet know, her budding friendship with Elio, the farm owner, encourages her to follow her desire to leave religion and live life on her own terms. Set in the beautiful Italian countryside, Where Life Begins is a tender yet thought-provoking exploration of tradition, family and self-realisation.

Languages:
French and Italian

Subtitles:
Full English

Duration:
100 minutes

Country of origin:
France and Italy

Year of production:
2022

This screening has no adverts or trailers and starts at the advertised time