Down and Out in Paris: The Abandoned Homeless

Thousands of people live on the streets of Paris, hiding in car parks, manholes, tunnels and shopping centre basements. Who are these invisible people? What are their stories? We spend a year following a small group and discovered a dark side to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Marie-José, Michel and their three children are fighting to avoid disappearing into the basements of the world at all costs. Due to financial troubles, they lost their home and have spent the past months living in a tent in the woods which they try to camouflage. A local charity is paying for their two youngest children to share a room in a local hostel so every morning, Michel leaves her tent to wake them up and prepare them for school.

70% of the homeless population suffers from psychiatric disorders. Men like Maximilian, a schizophrenic, who lives in a tunnel. Meanwhile Ibrahim as claimed a small corner in a shopping centre basement and is determined not to fall prey to the drugs that have claimed so many of his acquittances. He dreams of one day seeing his children again.


  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 57 mins
  • Production: Tony Comiti Productions
  • Director: Anthony Binst & Paul Comiti
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France

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