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Original name: D
English name: A Real Job
Year: 2023
Run time: 101 Min
Language: French
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France
Director: Thomas Lilti
Producers: Emmanuel Barraux
cast: Vincent Lacoste, François Cluzet, Louise Bourgoin, Adèle Exarchopoulos, William Lebghil, Lucie Zhang, Bouli Lanners
Screenplay: Thomas Lilti
Cinematographer: Antoine Heberle
Editor:Gwen Mallauran
Sound Designer: François Guillaume
Production Company: 31 Juin Films
World Sales: Le Pacte


  • San Sebastián IFF 2023
  • IFF India 2023
  • Hong Kong French FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 The Freshmen
  • 2016 Irreplaceable
  • 2014 Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor
  • 2008 Les Yeux Bandés

Director's Biography:

 A Real Job

Thomas Lilti is a doctor, director and screenwriter. After directing shorts including Quelques Heures En Hiver (1999), Après L’enfance (2002) and Roue Libre (2003) he made his feature debut in 2008 with Les Yeux Bandés, screened at Montreal FF. He went on to direct Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014), which won the César for Best Supporting Actor (Reda Kateb) and received another 6 nominations, including Best Film and Best Director. His other films are Irreplaceable (2016) and The Freshman (2017). He is also the creator of the TV series Hippocrate (2018).


Benjamin is a PhD student without scholarship support. Under the pressure of his parents, and in need of money, he becomes a substitute teacher in a middle school. Without training nor experience, and facing a declining public educational system, he discovers how tough this job can be.

Hopefully, his supportive and committed colleagues will lead him to take a fresh look at the profession.