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Three French sisters have their lives interrupted and their relationship called into question when their father returns to visit 15 years after having abandoned them and their now-deceased mother. Each responds differently to his return according to how her character evolved from her relation with him and his unexpected departure. They eventually realize, though, that the somewhat elderly father is quickly losing his memory and his ability to function, and the youngest daughter's decision to accept him again while she can ends up permanently changing her family ties with her sisters. Written by
Joel Mann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I love French cinema. I really like everyone who's playing in this movie. But, I can't say that I really liked the movie itself. I think it will be easily forgotten. The director doesn't go far enough with character development and doesn't give us enough background to understand how the three sisters react when their father is back in their lives after 15 years. Too many aspects are left unexplored.
As for the acting: Natacha Régnier is the best of the lot. She delivers a fine and credible performance. Sandrine Kiberlain, an actress I usually admire, is at first annoying. But she gets better in the second half of the movie. But both Miou-Miou and Michel Piccoli, two great stars, are not too convincing in much of the scenes they appear in.
Out of 100, I gave it 72. That's good for ** out of ****.
Seen at home, in Toronto, on November 21th, 2004.
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