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by Miel Van Hoogenbemt


Sandrine lives in Montigny-sur-Sambre, a small town in the so called « black country ", a region that once thrived on the coalmine industry. She's 19 years old. During the day she works at the cheese counter in a supermarket while in the evening she keeps a nail parlour at home. Her dream is to have her own beauty parlour. One fine day, she hears about a local beauty contest on the radio. Without hesitation she puts her name down. After all, winning could lead to a loan at the bank for setting up her own business, something she hasn't been able to obtain. During one of the qualification rounds, she sees her father making out with her best friend's mother. She is devastated but decides not to tell her mother, who's mad with joy because of her selection. Finally, Sandrine finds herself disqualified because of a lie about her breast size..

original title: Miss Montigny
country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Miel Van Hoogenbemt
film run: 100'
release date: BE 02/11/2005, FR 02/05/2007
screenplay: Gabrielle Borile
cast: Sophie Quinton, Ariane Ascaride, Johan Leysen, Yannick Renier
cinematography by: Nigel Willoughby
film editing: Ludo Troch
art director: Véronique Sacrez
costumes designer: Magdalena Labuz
producer: Sébastien Delloye
production: Entre Chien et Loup, Samsa Film, Ipso Facto Films, Kaléo Films (FR), A Private View (NL), RTBF/ Moviestream (BE)
backing: Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et les Télédistributeurs wallons, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Wallimage, Fonds national de soutien a la production audiovisuelle du Grand-Duche-de Luxembourg, Centre National de la Cinématographie - Innvotec, 6 Limited Liability Partnership et Bespoke (UKFS) Films Limited, i2i Audiovisuel , MEDIA
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, Floris Films (FR)
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