The film Orpheline – while puzzling at first — stars four actresses (who don’t look alike) playing the same character, Sandra, through multiple stages of her life (the eldest of which is played by Blue is the Warmest Color‘s Adèle Exarchopoulos).
It also stars Gemma Arterton who plays Tara, a convicted bank robber who is adjusting to life on the outside world after seven years behind bars.
Arterton character also ends up as a potential love interest for Sandra.
Directed Arnaud des Pallières, Orpeheline won a positive response after debuting in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016.
Arterton, who accepted the role after winning wider acclaim for roles in Quantum of Solace and St. Trinian’s, previously expressed her regret at not being more discriminating in her choice of film roles in the past.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, she admitted to appearing in some projects that, deep down, weren’t really to her taste – prompting her to consider independent film over mainstream blockbusters.
“Sometimes I’ve not put my foot down, I’ve been like: “Oh, thank you so much for the work! I’d better do it.” Rather than: “No, I don’t want to do that. No one makes films about women who want to run away.”
The actress described her taste in films as ‘quite subversive’, and said her agents had started to understand, now, she would rather star in something smaller, but glorious.