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Story

A troubled family, living in genteel, suburban comfort in the south of France is jolted by the deteriorating health of their elderly grandmother and the reappearance of an absented sibling. Catherine Deneuve plays Emilie, a disillusioned parent and frustrated wife, who finds herself drawn away from her unimaginative husband toward her brother, a jealous and charismatic neurosurgeon. Structured like a novella with four chapters, Téchiné's film is riddled with long stretches of ponderous, often humorless, philosophical dialogue. Deneuve's Emilie remains inexpressive and remote; she occupies the moral center of the film, but her characterization isn't generous enough to grant us access to her motivations. Daniel Auteuil fares better as brother Antoine--his odd features and intelligent eyes communicate fathomless restlessness and longing. Spectacular, jaw-dropping footage of Southern France provides a gorgeous backdrop for many scenes, lending a depth and resonance that might otherwise be lacking. Bonus: Marcello Mastroianni's daughter Chiara portrays Emilie's daughter; she's a delight to watch and she acquits herself marvelously. --Miles Bethany

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
Chiara Mastroianni
Daniel Auteuil
Ingrid Caven
Jacques Nolot

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Andre Techine
  • Producer: Wellspring
  • Length: 122 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 19, 1996
  • Ratings
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 7, 2003
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