Leaving before life

Length: 52 ’

Release date: March 29, 2021

Broadcaster: France Télévisions (France 3)

Director: Réjane Varrod


Partir avant la vie deals with perinatal death and the bereavement that results from it. Each year in France, 7,000 children die just before or after their birth. An absolute test, so taboo and so violent that it is often overlooked. Réjane Varrod experienced this silence more than 25 years ago. To exorcise it, she had made a film of it, her first film, “the forgotten birth”. A cry of pain. Today, she wishes to show to what extent the accompaniment of this bereavement is essential and that recent advances, although too rare, exist and are necessary. This support from which she would have liked so much to benefit.