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In forgotten towns along the American border, a young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.


A few years ago, I was driving through upstate New York and was passed by a mobile home, towed by a massive truck. On the surface, it had the appearance of a home, but below there was nothing to ground it. Moving a lot as a young adult, from France to Italy and then to the US (where I lived and studied), that image immediately resonated with me: it symbolized my fear of becoming uprooted, both free and trapped in something in movement, ungrounded and fragile.

MOBILE HOMES begins from this image.

First, I made a short film about a young mother escaping the dangers of her livelihood with her son in a moving mobile home. I cared deeply about the characters, wondering what was going to happen to them after the film ended. I went back to that image of the mobile home in transit and to this mother/son relationship. I started exploring their life through a feature film.

The mobile home itself is emblematic of the development of the characters through their changing relationship to it. It seems particularly relevant to me. In a world where people are often dislocated - in search of a life that is affordable and sustainable - it becomes much harder to form roots. What at first seems like an oddity, becomes a device for escape, then a way to assimilate into a new community and finally an object which represents our protagonist's dream and the desperation. She becomes willing to fight for this 600 square foot box, not because of what it is but because of what it represents. Only when the mobile home nearly destroys her and her son is she able to see more clearly the difficulty and commitment that fulfilling this dream will entail.

Throughout, I have tried to make the situations emerge from the world of the characters itself, as opposed to a place that I think they should belong.

As a filmmaker, I am interested in exploring people when they are down. Under these circumstances, we see the core of what motivates and drives our human instinct. In that space where we have nothing else to rely on but ourselves, our characters have to raise their voice, speak up for themselves and fight. Ultimately, they must make extreme decisions to defend their personal interpretation of what’s right.

Vladimir de Fontenay

Mobile Homes Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Vladimir de Fontenay

Writing Credits

Vladimir de Fontenay (Screenplay)

Danielle Lessovitz (Artistic Collaborator)


Imogen Poots

Callum Turner

Frank Oulton

Callum Keith Rennie

Music by

Matthew Otto

Cinematography by

Benoit Soler

Genre: Drama

Countries: France, Canada

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