About Millefeuille

Millefeuille (or A Thousand Leaves) tells the story of Élodie, a French woman living a solitary and lonesome existence that has all but given up on her career as a pastry chef and has moved to London to escape from painful personal memories. Struggling with the effects of psoriasis and worsening psoriatic arthritis, Élodie one day meets Holly – the girl next door who, full of life and ambition, changes everything.

Millefeuille (or A Thousand Leaves) tells the story of Élodie, a French woman living a solitary and lonesome existence that has all but given up on her career as a pastry chef and has moved to London to escape from painful personal memories. Struggling with the effects of psoriasis and worsening psoriatic arthritis, Élodie one day meets Holly – the girl next door who, full of life and ambition, changes everything.

Our inspiration

Millefeuille is the culmination of extensive research in this space, highlighting a significant group of psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis sufferers who – like Élodie – struggle with the multiple aspects of their disease, but believe the status quo is the best they can hope for.

There are a number of people who are merely ‘coping’ rather than being satisfied with how their condition is managed, and many people with psoriasis withdraw from the health system. Some stop seeing their doctor or see them much less often, making it harder for people to get the help they need.1

We have heard first hand from patients that this experience can lead to deep unhappiness.2 We believe that ‘coping’ is not good enough and that people living with these complex diseases deserve more.

Millefeuille is also a story of triumph over adversity, hope and social acceptance. Élodie is shown on the fringes of society as she finds it difficult to handle the combination of her medical conditions and personal tragedy. Her story conveys a universal message of hope and friendship through times of suffering: something we can all relate to.

This year the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a global report on psoriasis, in a bid to bring the public health impact of this complicated condition into focus.3 Please watch and share the movie to help deepen society’s understanding of the challenges facing these communities.

You can read the WHO report and find out more about psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and their complications by clicking here. Click here to learn more about our exciting awareness-raising competition!

It’s like a ride where you cannot keep control of your head or your body – but I can’t get off – whatever I do I can’t make the ride stop.
Élodie

Behind The Scenes: The Makers of Millefeuille

Click on the images below to learn more about the award-winning production team behind Millefeuille.

Behind the Scenes Gallery

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Millefeuille

The translation of Millefeuille into English is ‘A Thousand Leaves’

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