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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Marthe Villalonga, Jean-Pierre Bouvier, Chiara Mastroianni
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Writers: André Téchiné, Pascal Bonitzer
  • Producers: Alain Sarde
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572522135
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Favorite Season" on IMDb

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a brother and sister and their turbulent relationship in a dysfunctional family Set in France

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The film was well acted.
S.Y.
A contemplative and somewhat sad movie, but positive in the sense of accepting life, death, oneself, and others as they are.
Claude E Davis III
If you like movies with emotion this would be okay otherwise it kind of drags.
AC

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By DG on June 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The uneven but always intriguing director Andre Techine has crafted an extremely involving tale of a middle-aged brother and sister (Catherine Deneuve and Daniel Auteuil) who must deal with their elderly mother's deteriorating health. As a result, old wounds are reopened and family relationships are all strained to the breaking point. And brother and sister begin a self-examination that will take them on a rocky (and always beliveable) journey toward what it means to be family. The story, such as it is, rambles and changes focus from time to time, but that's the point. The characters, dialogue and situations are all thoroughly realistic and anyone who has come through any kind of family crisis will find plenty to identify with here. On the cinematic side, Techine has exquisitely captured the beauty of the French countryside, and his use of widescreen is surprisingly effective for such an intimate piece. Deneuve (who's even more beautiful than she was 30 years ago, if that's possible) does some of her best work, and the ever-underrated Auteuil is equally good. Highly recommended for those with a taste for quiet human drama.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
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Take two of my favorite foreign actors (Deneuve and Auteuil), place them in one of my favorite film genres (the family drama) and hand them a script that is fully capable of fleshing out everything that great about both facets and you have `Ma Saison Preferee', a stunning and beautifully intoxicating look at sibling relationships and what we make of them.

Auteuil and Deneuve play Antoine and Emilie respectively, siblings who have drifted apart yet are brought together through mutual care for their ailing mother. Emilie is trapped in a marriage of convenience, one that tests her patience and sends her riling into the arms of her brother Antoine, a jealous and emotionally drained man who has yet to find anyone who can reach him quite like his sister. As Emilie struggles to find a newfound balance, one that will allot her a freedom yet not negate her responsibilities, she finds that sorting out her life is going to be more difficult than she expected; and with Antoine's sudden resurface everything gets a little more complicated.

The film is a very profound and moving look at the bond that forms between siblings, a bond that can be hard to sever (impossible really) and one that is tested through all sorts of stormy weather. One theme that I found very poignant here, but one that may not be directly addressed, is that of incest. I don't mean that in the overtly literal sense of the word, but at least a mental form of incest, as both Emilie and (especially) Antoine find themselves entwined within one another in ways of less than amenable fashions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By floridian321 on January 16, 2010
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Poses some interesting questions, to which the answers are revealed in the last scene. Maybe the director intended to make a sequel, though I'm inclined to think we can guess the rest of the story so there's no real need.

Okay, guys, imgine your only sibling is a sister a few years older and she happens to be none other than ... Catherine Deneuve (who in real life only had sisters). What must it have been like for a boy to grow up with her, she who would turn out to be one of the world's most beautiful women, someone all men desired and all women admired? How would this shape your character and expectations, knowing it would be unlikely that you will ever meet a woman who comes anywhere near your own sister; that you will, in effect, have to settle for second best?

Good one, yes? No wonder brother Antoine, brilliantly portrayed by Daniel Auteuil, never married, never got over his sister, turned to science so he wouldn't be a complete wreck but is a neurotic mess anyway, waiting and hoping against hope that his sister Emilie will come around. Obstacles include her tough-guy husband, two maladjusted kids, and an elderly parent. One by one, the obstacles are removed. When the last domino falls, Emilie can at last see clearly what she really needs to be happy, and says so in poetic form, looking directly at her brother. The camera pauses on his face as he takes all this in, and FADE OUT.

Very clever and very French, i.e., introspective and analytical -- Descartes' legacy. Bravo.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Collin Mitchell Kelley on January 9, 1999
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Andre Techine creates another classic film with the always interesting Denueve and Auteuil. Saw this film twice in the theatre and fell in love with it more each time. The final "chapter" of the story, the one that explains the title of the film, is as sublime as anything put on film this decade. Deneuve is at the height of her acting prowess as well. Buy it!
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Director André Téchiné's 'My Favorite Season' is one of those 'oh so French' domestic dramas that will pretty much keep you interested from beginning to end. The subject matter is rather drab however; two adult siblings are forced to make a decision as to what to do with their aging mother, who is exhibiting signs of dementia. The two siblings, Emilie (Catherine Deneuve) and Antoine (Daniel Auteuil), along with a sensational performance by Marthe Villalonga, as Berthe, the aging mother, make the film what it is. The rest is really window dressing.

The film begins with Berthe moving in with Emilie, her husband, Bruno, their daughter and adopted son. Emilie hasn't talked to brother Antoine, a brain surgeon, in three years but finally decides to bury the hatchet by visiting him at the hospital where he works. She invites him for dinner so he can visit their mother. We soon learn that all is not very good with Emilie and Bruno's relationship. This is perhaps the weakest part of the film, as their estrangement is never explored in any kind of depth. Emilie merely states to Bruno that he's grown old poorly and soon afterward, Bruno makes it clear that he's angry that Emilie won't share the same bed with him, and he agrees to her suggestion that they separate.

Meanwhile, the 'young ones', the daughter, the adopted son and his girlfriend, are shown mainly as a contrast to the gravity of Emilie and Antoine's relationship. Most of the time, the young people engage in trivial pursuits, including a couple of dances in the buff by the girlfriend. When Antoine walks in on the son and his girlfriend making love, we also learn that Antoine is quite tolerant, promising not to reveal their tryst to the parents.
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