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
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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