A documentary film by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, produced by Climage-Lausanne.

They are divorced, widowed or single, have already crossed one or several lives, wish to live others, but, as victims of a mainly feminine ageing society, they have the feeling that they’ve become transparent since men have deserted their emotional landscape. After having launched a “call for ladies” on various media outlets, Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond received around a hundred replies from sexagenarians beset by this modern solitude, having been raised to conform to the ideals of marriage and family life. From this casting call, the filmmakers chose five protagonists and, over a year, filmed them in their discreet fight to stay alert and reinvent their daily existence. Not without humour, Ladies takes the time to listen to a generation, rarely represented on film, and to move forward with these women in the process of conquering, with energy—and, at times, difficulty—their emancipation.

Ladies premiered at Visions du Réel Festival 2028 in National Competition, was selected at Locarno Film Festival 2018 in the Panorama section, was nominated at the Swiss Quartz, was screened in many festivals and was released in theatres in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy…