Fondation Abbé Pierre Unveils Moving Short Film ‘Leave the Streets, Rebuild Your Life’

“We wanted to stay as close to reality as possible, so we decided to tell a story without any gimmicky advertising.”


Fondation Abbé Pierre



Fondation Abbé Pierre, one of France’s leading nonprofits working to combat homelessness and poverty, has launched its new winter awareness-raising campaign. The campaign, developed with the FRED & FARID Paris creative agency, aims to give hope to those struggling against poor housing conditions.

With nearly 300,000 people homeless in France, the Foundation’s new tagline – “Leave the streets, rebuild your life” – is more important than ever in reminding people that housing is the first step towards rebuilding a life, says the campaign.

The campaign includes a 5-minute poignant cinematographic work imagined by FRED & FARID Paris and directed by one of France’s most talented filmmakers, Arnaud Desplechin (production Phantasm) – the film tells the story of a young man who finds himself on the streets after a fall-out with his family.


He meets a volunteer from the foundation who helps him get back on his feet, find a job and a place to live. This human story is told by the song “Dis quand reviendras-tu” by Barbara (Sony Music Publishing France and BMG Rights Management). This evocative song has been witness to a rebirth that knows how to fade in favor of dialogue and storytelling.

Olivier Lefebvre, President, Partner and Executive Creative Director at FRED & FARID Paris commented:“We wanted to stay as close to reality as possible, so we decided to tell a story without any gimmicky advertising. We reached out to Arnaud Desplechin who was immediately moved by the story. He wanted to be as close to the reality of life on the street as possible, so he went to meet with homeless people in shelters run by the Fondation to gather their testimonies. The veracity of their situations, experiences, and words was very important to all of us.”


Agency: FRED & FARID Paris


Title: Little Sister

Client: Fondation Abbé Pierre

Chief Creative Officers: Fred & Farid

Executive Creative Director : Olivier Lefebvre

Copywriter: Grégory Tortes

Art director: Thomas Martin-Lalande

Brand supervirsors: Yves Colin

Agency supervisors : Cloé Jouteau, Eloïse Latrobe

Agency Producer: Maud Whittle

Lead Social media & influence: Fanny Sachot

Motion designers: Philémon Lieutaghi, Clément Rouchon

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

DOP : Paul Guilhaume

Photographer: Aurélien Chauvaud

Production : Phantasm

Producer: Gary Farkas

Production director: Adrien Chibatte

Post producer : Maxime Dabel

Post-production image : Nightshift

Post-production sound : Benzene


(Lyrics and music: Barbara)

By Barbara

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With the autorisation of Sony Music Publishing France and BMG Rights Management (France)

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