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Family Resemblances (1996)
"Un air de famille" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  12 June 1998 (USA)
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An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

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Claire Maurier ...
Madame Ménard - la mère
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Philippe
Alain Guillo ...
Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon ...
La Mère 1967
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Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey ...
Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard ...
Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas ...
Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle ...
Nicolas Taeb ...
Ludovic Taeb ...
Philippe 1967
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An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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$257,637 (USA) (12 June 1998)

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$316,872 (USA) (26 June 1998)
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Quotes

Yolande: What use is it to keep a paralysed dog in the house?
Denis: Think of it as a decoration. It's like a rug, but alive.
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Referenced in Un petit jeu sans conséquence (2004) See more »

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Una furtiva lacrima
from "L'elisir d'amore"
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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A Compassionate Klieg Light on "Familliar" Dysfunction
10 April 2000 | by (Winnipeg, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was enthralled by this filmed play of an evening in the life of a family driven to a peak of "dysfunction," but through it all held together by the glue of love, however imperfect (as it always is).

The movie is a comedy in the sense that it makes you laugh at, with, and sometimes in spite of the kaleidoscopic display of personal and interpersonal flaws, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities that it illuminates through its crack cast of closely observed and defined characters. Few if any of them fails to reveal a different side to their personality with each turn of the kaleidoscope. These are complex people - just like the real kind. And the fact that the script, the camera, and the direction simultaneously lay bare their suffering/insufferable humanity (and their unique virtues) while evoking sympathy, fondness, and identification with each one of them is what, to my mind, raises Un Air de Famille from the level of good artistry to that of redeeming social value: art with a heart.

Syd Baumel


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