Based on the novel by Hannelore Cayre, the story centers around Patience Portefeux, (Isabelle Huppert) an underpaid, overworked French-Arabic translator in charge of phone surveillance for a narcotics police unit. In the evenings, she looks in on her aging mother at the long-term care facility where she is months behind in paying the bills. When she realizes she knows the mother of one of the drug dealers, Patience decides to cover for him and gets herself more and more deeply involved in the world of drug trafficking. Soon, she is using her insider knowledge and police resources to build her own crime network and becomes Mama Weed, a savvy saleswoman capitalizing on her field experience to earn the extra income she so desperately needs while doing her best to stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the precinct.
“Cleverly conceived and amusingly performed.” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
“…a terrific performance in a film that swings gracefully between drama and kinetic farce.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Isabelle Huppert, Hippolyte Girardot, Farida Ouchani, Liliane Rovère
French (with English subtitles)