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Happy Memories (1981)

Les beaux souvenirs (original title)
A woman attempts to resume her place in the family that she abandoned years earlier.



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Cast overview:
Marie's father
Le gérant
Mélanie Daigle ...
Marie enfant
Isabelle Pérez ...
Viviane enfant
Little Beaver ...
Ferrailleur (as Lionel Géroux)
Georges Delisle ...
Amant de maman
Patrick Falardeau ...
Joueur de billard
Pierre Morin ...
Joueur de billard
Nicky Roy ...
Maman (voice)


Viviane, like her mother before her, abandoned her father and younger sister Marie. Years later she returns to try and make amends and finds that her father is still consumed by memories of abandonment. Together her father and sister have created a strange and hermetic relationship in their secluded island home. Her conniving sister reinforces her father's negative feelings towards Viviane and milks her father's favoritism for all it's worth. Viviane desperately tries to heal the wounds she has caused while battling her own demons. Written by pr1mal_1

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8 October 1981 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Fond Memories  »

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CAD 1,250,000 (estimated)

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a pretty good film with no pretension
16 February 2001 | by (Montreal , Quebec) – See all my reviews

This film has some wonderful pictures , but it could have been more elaborate on the whole . Its the story of a young woman, Marie , who go spends some time with Viviane , and they both recalling memories of when they were younger. The dialogues and screenplay by Ducharme is not as funny and intelligent as in LES BONS DÉBARRAS, and if we compare the acting , Monique Spaziani ( Marie ) is not as convincing as Charlotte Laurier in LES BONS DÉBARRAS . But its still a pretty good movie. A fair illustration - but with a lot of technical mistakes - about suicide , heroin , despair , family relations , in my view , Mankiewicz makes some of the best psychological films , that's for sure .

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