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The third collaboration with Patrice Martineau. I hope others will follow...
Big thank you to Catherine Levy for having written this beautiful story !
Meeting Mrs Leca for the first time was a great moment.
She is indeed a very impressive woman. Firstly because I have a great admiration for surgeons and secondly because she is a female surgeon and we do not get to see many of them. We should not forget that she started her career as a surgeon 30 years ago and that, moreover, she created this extraordinary association in order to help the children and their families.
For 20 years she was head of department at Necker.
Making this film was for me a way of paying a tribute to her but also of showing the public my admiration for these exceptional people, who give and save lives, without putting themselves in the spotlights.
There are many of them in the world. Mrs Leca told me that the fact that more than five million people saw the movie, is very important to her.
The children she operates on will most surely die if they do not get the operation. Sometimes it is too late or the operation cannot be done. In some cases the child has to be operated on a second time as there are post-operative or other problems...
There is not always a happy end as in my movie. I imagine that Mrs Leca has faced very difficult situations.
However, as she told me herself while we were looking through the albums with pictures of her little patients, she also experienced moments of great joy because those sick children become healthy children.
I also want to express my admiration for the families who welcome those sick children. Without them there would be no operations.
The sick children often arrive from Africa and do not necessarily speak our language. It takes a lot of patience and dedication on a day-to-day basis.
The families often have children of their own. When we watch the documentaries on television it is so obvious that the children don’t look at the others in the same way or don’t have the same open-mindedness while having experienced this. It is a very intense and enriching experience for the families and very often, once they welcomed one sick child, they start all over again.
I want to put the link of the “association Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque” on my site so as to enable you to learn more about them and to understand why I made this movie.
Corinne Touzet
Esther is a forty year old woman, architect, with two grown up children. She arrived at a moment in her life where one needs change, needs to ‘breathe’ differently and needs to be challenged.
As her son went to live with his father, she decides to take on a new challenge and welcome a sick child of eight years old. This child will die if it is not operated on quickly by the association « Mécénat Enfant Cardiaque » in Nice.
This experience will turn everything upside down, her relationship with her adolescent son who is difficult and tormented, with her brother who needs her in their architect office for a crucial piece of work, with her daughter, who may be the only one who understands her.
But her whole life changes as Mouloud is part of it now. He does not speak French. He has a bluish color because of his heart disease; he observes her with his big black eyes but does not want to be touched by her, although he needs her very badly. She knows that she becomes attached to him and that she shouldn’t, she knows that the habits of his country are very different from ours. How will they be able to communicate? How will he cope? Who is this doctor who seems to be attracted to her and, at the same time, pushes her away? Was she right to engage herself in this adventure?
« Une maman pour un coeur » is first and foremost a story of love and tenderness.