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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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Antoine Bonnaire ...
Cédric
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Az emberi szeretet teje  »

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FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)
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Rare and brilliantly treated theme
4 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Good thematic movie on a topic rarely discussed, the potential sudden drop of women after childbirth, that sort of depression or panic and that sometimes makes them flip out. What I find amazing in this film, in addition to this rare theme, is to see how human relationships, when they really are so, with such tenderness, are the basis of the healing process of mental or psychological discomfort. Even with these appearances of madness, the extreme human condition turns to the best with love, tenderness. When the mind falls back into that state of childhood, low awareness, low responsiveness to the world, when it is so overwhelmed, there is nothing like the milk of human kindness to take it out of its dysfunction. Psychoanalysis, in the rare corners or meanders of its complexity where one can still recognize the dignity of its mission, owes its small and rare successes to those times when it engaged into tracks where it has dared to accept the lesson of love and to let aside intellectual analysis that tends to judge and evaluate in the patient's place. Overall, this film is a message: if human beings can be grand enough to be tender to their neighbour and try to understand instead of judging, then we can see the birth and growth of a real human society, otherwise society becomes just a social mirage. Beautiful playing and directing. To see and to think carefully about.


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