Julie (Laure Calamy, continuing her streak of remarkable performances after My Donkey, My Lover and I - Virtual MiniFest 2020 & Call My Agent!) is a lonely single mother who goes to great lengths to raise her two children in a distant suburb of Paris (the “banlieue”) while working as the head maid in a luxury hotel in central Paris. When she finally gets a job interview for a position in marketing that she had long been hoping for – one which might finally haul her out of her cycle of debt and overtime – a national strike breaks out, paralyzing the public transportation system. Julie’s fragile and tight schedule of work and family that she is just barely holding together is thrown into chaos. But Julie is a fighter and she doesn't give up. Instead, she sets off on a frantic race to get the job at all cost, despite all the odds against her.
Full Time is a race-against-time social thriller and an accurate and nerve-wrecking depiction of what's pushing people to the brink in many Western countries. This fast-paced film, with a haunting techno score by Irène Drésel, only slows down when Julie is able to slow down, which is never for long.
The film won the best actress prize for Laure Calamy and the best director award for Éric Gravel in the Horizons section of the 2022 Venice International Film Festival.
Q&A with Le Professeur Kevin Elstob.
Éric Gravel delivers a breathless film about a mother (Laure Calamy in an exceptional role) crushed under the alienating whirlwind of modern life between the banlieue and the capital. Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa
It's a propulsively intense piece of filmmaking - at times a bit like watching a highwire chainsaw juggling act about to go horribly and catastrophically wrong. Wende Ide - Screen International