By Delphine de Vigan
First released in 2009 in France via J.C. Lattès as Les heures souterraines
Everyday Mathilde takes the Metro, then the commuter educate to the place of work of a big multi-national the place she works within the advertising and marketing division. each day, a similar regimen, a similar trains. yet anything occurred some time in the past - she dared to voice a distinct opinion from her moody boss, Jacques. little by little she reveals herself frozen out of every little thing, with out paintings to do.
Thibault is a paramedic. on a daily basis he drives to the addresses he gets from his controller. the town spares him no grief: site visitors jams, elusive parking areas, supply vehicles blocking off his direction. he's good conscious that he could be the in basic terms man or woman a number of the humans he visits will see for the full day and is easily accustomed to the symptomatic health problems, the key mess ups, the hustle and bustle and, after all, the mammoth, pervading loneliness of the city.
Before in the future in could, Mathilde and Thibault had by no means met. They have been simply nameless figures in a crowd, driven and shoved and pressured...
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