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Father of My Children

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Gregoire (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing of Michael Hanekes Cache), a Parisian film producer, has it all a beautiful wife (Chiara Caselli, Ripleys Game, Waiting for the Messiah), 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 his familys needs. Even as he speeds to the countryside to spend long weekends with them, hes still working cajoling money from financiers with a phone tucked under his ear, a cigarette in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. His latest production is running way over budget thanks to a temperamental Scandinavian director, a situation that will prove the greatest test of Gregoire and his familys love and resilience. Acclaimed director Mia Hansen-Love (All Is Forgiven) has acknowledged that her movie was inspired by the experience of Humbert Balsan, a successful French producer whose credits include Lars von Triers Manderlay. Hansen-Love explores the bonds between parents and children, and husbands and wives, and asks if the frayed family bonds can withstand the pressures upon them.

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GSVX8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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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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Young Writer/Director Mia Hansen-Løve has created a story loosely based on a real situation that manages to examine the central aspect of family love: 'the defeat of death, the victory of life'. Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) is a producer in the film industry, an auteur who is devoted to quality films. As a producer he has several films in varying stages of production (including one in Sweden directed by a difficult genius who has little respect for cost containment) and the financial aspects of his Moon Films is in rocky terrain, despite being surrounded by a staff devoted to his vision and going without pay because of their commitment. At the same time Grégoire is a devoted husband to his wise wife Sylvia (Chiara Caselli) and to his three daughters - the oldest being the sensitive Clémence (a stunning portrayal by young Alice de Lencquesaing), Valentine (Alice Gautier) and Billie (Manelle Driss) - taking country walks with them and being wholly involved with their family activities, despite the fact that he is constantly on the cellphone managing the tragedies that abound at work. It is apparent that everyone who comes into contact with Grégoire feels the special gifts he has - except for the lawyer and creditors he tries to avoid. The financial sinkhole opens and Grégoire, in despair, commits suicide. The story actually begins here, as the point of the film is how each of the people who came under Grégoire's influence - co-workers, wife and children, and friends - responds to the loss of this man. There is not the usual breast-beating grieving, but rather a quiet study of how each of these people is affected by and reacts to the passing of a solitary genius by suicide.Read more ›
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Father of my Children is one of the more moving and beautiful films I have seen in a long time.

It is very difficult to summarize this film without spoiling the important sense of discovery. Gregoire is a very successful film producer. He and his wife Sylvia have two daughters, one a teenager the other much younger. About all that should be said, Gregoire is driven to succeed with his production company and obviously doesn't spend as much time with his family as he should. On the other hand, this is a family that loves each other deeply. Ah, the first level of bitter sweetness in this film.

The film is truly a masterpiece in using the film language of folding a story over on itself. At almost exactly the halfway point of this film, the major dramatic event happens. Where the arc of the characters built up to that moment, they descend in the exact same manner to the conclusion. It's comforting to watch a film where the opening shots are replicated at the end of the film; it makes for such good closure.

The acting is superb. Gregoire is played by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, a French actor with a long history of films that didn't necessarily make it to the US (in Cache he was the store owner, Cache (Hidden)). He plays an intense but Bohemian creative person. Although he isn't treating his family the best, he is still an empathetic character. Chiara Caselli, an Italian actress (My Own Private Idaho: The Criterion Collection, and
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