A Few Seconds

Quelques secondes

France, 2015, 16’

directed by: Nora El Hourch

written by: Nora El Hourch

cast: Marie Tirmont, Charlotte Bartocci, Camille Lellouch, Maly Diallo

cinematography: Fabien Faure

edited by: Thibaut Blanchet

producers: Marie Jardiller, Emma Javaux

production: Maja Films

festivals and awards: 

Cannes Film Festival 2015; Toronto International Film Festival; BFI London Film Festival 2015


Five girls live in a Paris home for abandoned children, each of them coping with her own painful history. In such an environment, the girls spontaneously form a community within which they try to change the image of themselves as victims and build a new identity of women with hopes for the future. In order to create complex and realistic characters, director Nora El Hourch kept visiting a social rehabilitation center in Paris for a few months. There she spent time with the inmates and got to know their world, their way of communication and their life stories.

Nora El Hourch, Franco-Morrocan director. She has been writing since she was young. After years of schooling, she finally decided to take the plunge. A Few Seconds is her first short film.