Tout ce qui brille

Tout ce qui brille

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Géraldine Nakache
Hervé Mimran
Produced by Aïssa Djabri
Farid Lahouassa
Written by Géraldine Nakache
Hervé Mimran
Starring Géraldine Nakache
Leïla Bekhti
Virginie Ledoyen
Audrey Lamy
Music by Jean-Philippe Verdin
Cinematography Guillaume Deffontaines
Edited by Scott Stevenson
Vertigo Productions
M6 Films
Bethsabée Mucho
Distributed by Pathé
Release dates
  • 9 January 2010 (2010-01-09) (L'Alpe-d'Huez Film Festival)
  • 24 March 2010 (2010-03-24) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $6.6 million
Box office $21.8 million [1]

Tout ce qui brille is a 2010 French film and the debut feature film for Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran, who co-wrote and co-directed the film. It was filmed in Puteaux, La Défense, and Paris, notably the 16th arrondissement.

Originally, Tout ce qui brille was a 2007 short film shot by the same directors.


Ely (Géraldine Nakache) and Lila (Leïla Bekhti) are two working class girls and best friends who dream of a glitzier more glamorous lifestyle. They sneak into a club where they meet Agathe (Virginie Ledoyen) and Joan (Linh Dam Pham) a rich homosexual couple who give them a ride home to thank Ely for defending Agathe against a mugger. Lila, wanting to be at the same social level as the girls, lies about where she and Ely live, giving a much chicer address that belongs to a family she used to babysit for.

Lila continues to lie herself into the life of Agathe and Joan, as well as her new boyfriend Maxx (Simon Buret), while Ely feels more and more left out as she realizes that Lila is spending all her time partying with her new crowd, having been accepted as one of them, while Ely is nothing to Agathe and Joan but a babysitter. Eventually she grows sick of Lila's lies and reveals their true identity to Maxx. Lila, terrified at the thought of being rejected by her new friends, becomes furious at Ely. The two girls argue and stop talking. As Lila's lies begin to crumble around her, she realizes that Agathe and her social circle are not really her friends and that by working hard Ely is slowly achieving what she dreamed of. She gets a real job working at an upscale shoe store and eventually succeeds in reconnecting with Ely.


Awards and nominations

Leïla Bekhti celebrating her César win
Awards won


The soundtrack of the film has proven popular particularly the song "Chanson sur une drôle de vie" sung by appearing in SNEP official French Singles Chart. It is a remake of a previous Véronique Sanson hit. The soundtrack also featured the song Fit But You Know It by The Streets.

Year Single Peak positions Notes
2010 "Chanson sur une drôle de vie"
(Géraldine Nakache & Leïla Bekhti)
6 From soundtrack


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