French filmmaker Claire Devers directs this powerful drama about poverty and injustice. Francoise Barnier (Dominique Blanc), a single mother who works as a cleaner at a slaughterhouse, can barely put food on the table for her two young daughters, but her fierce pride prevents her from seeking out welfare. One day, overcome with the prospects of a promotion, she splurges on food she cannot afford, and she pockets a package of meat. She is caught in the act and sent to jail. Though she is acquitted after making an impassioned plea for clemency, a journalist decries the court's lenient treatment, and she is eventually dragged back into court for a retrial. La Voleuse de Saint Lubin was screened at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.
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