Father of My Children
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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.Read more ›
"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!
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 ...Read more ›
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I'm a sucker for family dramas and this is just a truly one-of-a-kind film. The characters are all wonderfully developed and the family dynamics are very moving and authentic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LifeIsStories
I am all for emotional films with major depth, films that reach out and grab you, films that keep you interested whether it is the characters, their plight, journey, demise,... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by (=^_^=) Broncos Fan
It's better not to know too much about this film before watching it. Like others have said, it's about a French movie producer who has bitten off more than he can chew. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by mr. contrarian
THIS WAS A GREAT MOVIE, VERY MOVING AND REALISTIC, YOU CAN FEEL THE FAMILIES PAIN...........I THINK ALL PARENTS SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE AND TAKE NOTES.Published on October 12, 2011 by Michael J. Razzano
Produced and marketed as a "tragedy", this subtitled film has essentially two parts--neither of which is cinematically noteworthy. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Cary B. Barad
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. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by K. Harris