Local versions

  • French
  • Polish

Commissioning broadcaster

France 2

Program type

  • Drama
    • Procedural / Police
    • Drama

A devastated mother’s desperate search for her daughter

On a fateful day in 2015, Inès Barras’s life was turned upside down when the grave of her still-born daughter was opened, at her request. The coffin was empty! Back in 1985, when the tragedy struck, Inès was a 15-year-old teen who delivered her baby at the Carmela Convent, in Spain. The nuns told her the baby died at birth, without specifying the cause. Hoping to put behind her grief and the shame of having a baby out of wedlock, Inès left Spain with her aunt and settled in France. She trudged ahead with her life, without any idea that her child had been born alive then sold off by the Catholic Church. Thirty years later, after a TV report on baby trafficking caught her attention, Inès contacted an attorney working with victims of the little-known scandal. Inès dug up revelation after revelation, trying to find out what really happened to her baby and track her down. Thanks to her unflagging courage and selfless efforts, she finally found her daughter Eloise. But Eloise had made a happy life with her adopted family, and wasn’t ready to hear Inès’s version of the events.

A highly emotional film that blends family drama, old wounds and youthful lies, brought to the screen with remarkable finesse by Sandrine Bonnaire (winner of the Best Actress César for Vagabond).

They told her baby died at birth. They lied.


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Alain Berliner


Julie Jézéquel, Alain Berliner


Sandrine Bonnaire, Hélène de Saint-Père, Philippe Lelièvre, Amélie Remacle, Erik Stouvenaker

International Broadcasters

  • ITVN (Pologne)
  • ETB2 (Spain)
  • P&R (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)
  • MBC (Mauritius)


Capa Drama

Financial partners

TV5 Monde, CNC

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