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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GSVX8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Gregoire, a Parisian film producer, has it all - a beautiful wife, three adorable daughters, wealth and a buzzing career. On the surface he seems invincible, maintaining humor and charm as he tirelessly juggles the demands of his production company with h

Customer Reviews

At almost exactly the halfway point of this film, the major dramatic event happens.
Daniel G. Lebryk
So to the man this film is about,the legendary Humbert Balsan,had acted in Bresson and had small roles in other films,prior to turning to film producing.
technoguy
Assured and well liked, Gregoire is the consummate professional dedicated to the artistry of film.
K. Harris

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 11, 2011
Format: DVD
The French import "Father of My Children," which won a Special Jury prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, has a quiet intensity that sneaks up on you. This drama about a man in despair and a family in tumult is also an insightful look at the modern film industry. The film, halved into two distinct parts, relies on a cataclysmic tragedy midway through to change narrative directions. And to writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's credit, the film succeeds in this difficult and unexpected transition. I suspect that a number of other reviews will be inclined to mention the nature of this big moment. I, for one, think it would be a mistake to share this piece of the cinematic puzzle--and I will refrain from giving away any specifics. Let's just say, I went into "Father of My Children" without any pre-existing knowledge and I think the picture benefits by unraveling on its own terms.

The film presents us with Gregoire, a French film producer who is struggling to finance the various projects his company is juggling. Assured and well liked, Gregoire is the consummate professional dedicated to the artistry of film. As the business situation becomes more dire, his relationship with his family becomes increasingly distant as work starts to intrude on quality time. On this occasion, however, Gregoire may not be able to extricate himself from the financial burdens that threaten the company. When the aforementioned tragedy takes place, everyone is shocked and left to pick up the pieces. The family must rely on one another in unexpected ways and take up new responsibilities at home and with the film company. It's an emotionally difficult period that helps to redefine the roles and relationships within the clan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2012
Format: DVD
I was recently browsing the foreign film section at my local library and stumbled upon this movie. I must say I didn't know much about the movie but I took a chance and picked it up. Boy, am I glad I did!

"The Father of My Children" (2009 release from France; 115 min.) brings the story of Gregoire, a successful movie producer, and his family (wife and 3 daughters). In the first half of the movie, we see a lot of Gregoire at his job, trying to keep his "Moon Films" producing company afloat, while trying to keep things right with his family and spending time with them at their country house outside of Paris. But money gets tighter than ever at Moon Films. Half-way into the movie, without wanting to give too much away from the plot, a tragic event occurs.

You'll need to see for yourself how it all plays out, but I promise you that you won't be disappointed. The overall feel of the movie is a huge credit to writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve. But special mention should go to Michaël Abiteboul as Gregoire, and to Alice de Lencquesaing as his teenage daughter Clementice, who frankly floored me with her performance. This movie won one of the prizes at the 2009 Cannes film festival, and it's easy to see why. Mind you, this is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare. But if you are in the mood for a good foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "The Father of My Children" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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The French import "Father of My Children," which won a Special Jury prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, has a quiet intensity that sneaks up on you. This drama about a man in despair and a family in tumult is also an insightful look at the modern film industry. The film, halved into two distinct parts, relies on a cataclysmic tragedy midway through to change narrative directions. And to writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's credit, the film succeeds in this difficult and unexpected transition. I suspect that a number of other reviews will be inclined to mention the nature of this big moment. I, for one, think it would be a mistake to share this piece of the cinematic puzzle--and I will refrain from giving away any specifics. Let's just say, I went into "Father of My Children" without any pre-existing knowledge and I think the picture benefits by unraveling on its own terms.

The film presents us with Gregoire, a French film producer who is struggling to finance the various projects his company is juggling. Assured and well liked, Gregoire is the consummate professional dedicated to the artistry of film. As the business situation becomes more dire, his relationship with his family becomes increasingly distant as work starts to intrude on quality time. On this occasion, however, Gregoire may not be able to extricate himself from the financial burdens that threaten the company. When the aforementioned tragedy takes place, everyone is shocked and left to pick up the pieces. The family must rely on one another in unexpected ways and take up new responsibilities at home and with the film company. It's an emotionally difficult period that helps to redefine the roles and relationships within the clan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By technoguy on August 9, 2010
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Mia Hansen-Love has been an actress but preferred to direct film.So to the man this film is about,the legendary Humbert Balsan,had acted in Bresson and had small roles in other films,prior to turning to film producing.He had famously produced Lars von Trier and Clair Denis,directors for the festival circuit,unprofitable in the mainsteam.He was responsible for the production of 70 films before his death in 2005.He had also nurtured hopes of producing this director's first film.This film is a homage to him,the father of many film children,illegitimate offspring of his love.Father of my children is a film of two halves,also it's a film about art and life.Gregoire Canvel (de Lencquesaing) is happily married with 3 beautiful daughters and a loving wife(Caselli).He lives however totally for his work as a film producer.Yet he's constantly on the phone,wheeling and dealing,running in front of a black cloud of spiralling debt-too many projects,too many risks,too many egos sucking him dry,especially the Swedish film auteur,Stig.He juggles this with time with his family in the country at weekends or on holiday in Ravelli.Louis-Do's own daughter(Alice) acts as his daughter in the film.Hansen-Love's own brother acts as a budding young director in this too.Gregoire ploughs on at all costs using up his currency of charm until he is finally forced to confront the reality of the situation.There is a crisis which I wont reveal and the film's 2nd half concentrates on the wife and 3 daughters.This film is about the ghosts of cinema,the after-life of what people leave behind.The acting and film direction is beautifully observed and naturalistic, with moments of beautiful stillness and relaxation and a fluidity of interaction between people,an award-winning drama which opens like a plant unfolding, boding well for Hansen-Love's future film career.There is an extra of her being interviewed which gives a useful insight in what she tries to achieve with actors.
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