4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dysfunctional father-daughter relationship movie,
This review is from: The Day I Saw Your Heart (DVD)
"The Day I Saw Your Heart" (2011 release from France) is the most recent (July, 2012) release in the monthly Film Movement series of foreign and indie films. Please note that the original title of this movie is "Et Soudain, Tout Le Monde Me Manque" (which translates as "And Suddenly, I Miss Everyone").
Michel Blanc stars as Eli, who recently remarried and is expecting a baby with his new (and much younger) wife. Eli has 2 grown daughters, Dom(inique), who is looking to adopt a baby with her husband, and Ju(stine), the free-spirit who cannot stand her dad. Dom and Ju are appalled that their dad is to become a father again, given the terrible job he did with them. Or did he? In the first half hour of the movie, we witness what a complete jerk Eli is, and the toll it takes on everyone around him ("his loved ones" would be an overstatement).
But not everything is what it appears to be, and as the movie progresses we see signs of change in both Eli and Ju. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Legendary French actor Michel Blanc brings Eli as if he was born to play this role, but Melanie Laurent as his daughter Ju is the true break-out star of this movie. Also noteworthy is the soundtrack of the movie, with great songs placements from Ben Kweller, Regina Spektor and Nina Simone, among others. Please note that the DVD contains several bonuses, including a very clever 5 min. cartoon from Canada called "Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish". If you are in the mood for a good foreign movie, be sure to check out "The Day I Saw Your Heart".