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The Milk of Human Kindness (2001)

Le lait de la tendresse humaine (original title)
A woman, scared by motherhood and her new born baby, runs away from her home and family to find a shelter at her upstairs neighbor's place.

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Laurent
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Christelle
Bruno Salvador ...
Rémi
Antoine Bonnaire ...
Cédric
Nour Gana ...
Cendrine
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Claire
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Serge
Claude Brasseur ...
Jean-Claude
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Josiane
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Josiane
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Sonia
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Babette
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Dr. Gérard Cafarelli
Edmée Doroszlai ...
Véronique
Jacques Boudet ...
Jean-François
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A woman, scared by motherhood and her new born baby, runs away from her home and family to find a shelter at her upstairs neighbor's place.

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19 September 2001 (France)  »

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Az emberi szeretet teje  »

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2.5 stars
14 May 2002 | by (Silicon Valley, CA) – See all my reviews

Christelle recently gave birth to her third child, and one day is overwhelmed with motherhood and simply runs away. She ends up in the upstairs apartment of Claire, who is very sympathetic and lets Christelle stay even though she was planning to have a romantic evening with her married lover. Christelle's husband is forced to take care of the children, not knowing where she has gone. As the hours turn to days, Claire begins to wonder how long Christelle is going to continue imposing, and Christelle's husband also finds the situation increasingly difficult.

There are also other characters who make the story more complex, but, at least for me, didn't add much to the film. The acting by the adults is fine but nothing special, while the children seemed quite natural.

On the whole I would only recommend the film to people with a particular interest in the subject matter. Seen at the San Francisco International Film Festival on 4/29/2002.


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