Notre corps

Our Body
A teenager is sitting in the doctor’s consultation room, the camera films her from behind so that she remains anonymous. She tells the doctor how she got pregnant. Her boyfriend had assured her he would take care. Now she has to make a difficult decision. You can feel her anguish in every sentence she utters. And there’s no sign of the boyfriend.
This is one of the the first scenes in Claire Simon’s impressive documentary Notre corps. With a gaze full of tenderness, the French director looks around a gynaecology clinic in Paris, collecting scenes of births and cancer diagnoses, consultations on endometriosis and hormone therapy for an older trans woman. The film that emerges along the way starts off observational before becoming ever more personal, a film about what it means to live in a female body and a wonderful example of the power of documentary cinema. Notre corps gathers together experiences with which one usually feels left alone; it makes the structures visible that deem troubles individual; it reveals the extent to which the things we don’t dare to talk about have a societal dimension and need to be discussed.
by Claire Simon France 2023 French,  English,  Spanish,  Subtitles: English 168’ Colour World premiere | Documentary Form


DirectorClaire Simon
CinematographyClaire Simon
EditingLuc Forveille
SoundFlavia Cordey
Production ManagerAude Cathelin
ProducerKristina Larsen

Produced by

Madison Films

Paris, France

Claire Simon

Born in London, UK. She worked as an editor and made several short and documentary films before shooting her first feature-length film in 1997, Sinon, oui. In addition to being a director and screenwriter, Claire Simon also works as a cinematographer and actor. She has been a frequent guest of the Forum section of the Berlinale, most recently in 2018 with Premières solitudes.


1989 Les patients; 75 min. 1991 Scènes de ménage; 40 min. 1995 Coûte que coûte (At All Costs); 95 min. 1997 Sinon, oui (A Foreign Body); 115 min. 1998 Récréations; 54 min. 1999 Ça c’est vraiment toi; 122 min. 2000 800 Kilomètres de différence (Romance); 78 min. 2002 Mimi; Berlinale Forum, 107 min. 2006 Ça brûle (On Fire); 111 min. 2008 Les bureaux de Dieu (God's Offices); 122 min. 2013 Géographie humaine (Human Geography); 101 min. · Gare du Nord; 119 min. 2015 Le bois dont les rêves sont faits (The Woods Dreams Are Made of); 144 min. 2016 Le concours (The Competition); 121 min. 2018 Premières solitudes (Young Solitude); Berlinale Forum, 100 min. 2019 Le village – Première saison; 280 min. · Le village – Saison deux; 255 min. 2020 Le fils de l'épicière, le maire, le village et le monde (The Grocer's Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World); 111 min. 2021 Vous ne désirez que moi (I Want to Talk About Duras); 95 min. 2023 Notre corps (Our Body); 168 min.


Fri Feb 17 19:00

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Sat Feb 18 14:00

Werkstattkino@silent green

Extended Q'n'A after the film with Claire Simon, Manon Garcia, Ricarda Dukatz and Tina Kaiser (host)

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Fri Feb 24 17:00

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