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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
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Cédric Klapisch,Agnès Varda and Jean-Pierre Bacri create an excellent portrait of what makes or breaks french families.
A feature film can be interpreted in many different ways depending on who is assessing it.For screenwriters, Un Air de Famille directed by renowned French director Cédric Klapisch is a film which boasts of a simple yet ingenuous plot whose strength is revealed progressively.For astute viewers,this is a film which highlights the importance of a family setup especially in the manner people with different aspirations and tastes are able to learn from each other.We get to see how some family members are treated more favorably than others.The learning in question is related to a family whose members gather to celebrate a happy event.The mark of Cédric Klapisch's leadership skills bears its strong imprint on this film not only in the manner he wrote the screenplay with Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri but also with the sincerity with which he has extracted excellent acting performances from these two famous actors.Apart from being an excellent piece of sumptuous entertainment,Un Air de Famille is also able to score good points as it is a good learning endeavor for everyone interested in French language and culture.This is revealed in the manner in which the lives of married people are delineated.This film also reveals the manner in which a worker's relationship with the boss is depicted.These two facets are useful for anyone who wants to watch Un Air de Famille in order to understand the dynamics of a French family and French language.
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