The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.
Louise, younger sister, natural and straightforward, lives in province; Martine, older sister, beautiful and aloof, lives in the Parisian upper middle class. Louise has written a novel. On ... See full summary »
One night at the cinema, Pierre reaches for out to take Anne's hand. She is annoyed and rebuffs him. He feels rejected. This moment begins the story of the disintegration of a couple... ... See full summary »
Since Luc granted a divorce to Pascale ten years ago, he paid generous alimony and left a fine country house as long as their twin sons remain at home. Pascale always acted as if she was ... See full summary »
Drawing some intriguing parallels between the work of the prostitute and that of the psychiatrist-both have clients, both charge for sessions, both take on roles that serve the needs, ... See full summary »
Fashion executive Dominique's obsession for Quentin, a young bisexual hustler, fills her desire for physical love but leaves her taxed emotionally. Twists and turns in the relationship, ... See full summary »
Today, Camille turns nine. He had sworn that on his 9th birthday he would show his parents the videos he was shooting on the side-the tail of a cat scampering away, a window, and a veiled ... See full summary »
Sylvie is a hooker whose illegitimate daughter commits a crime. She and her daughter flee to find Sylvie's first love in the countryside. The daughter is trying to get to know her unwilling mother. Along the way, the two meet a male fugitive and bond with each other. Written by
Films can put too much on the screen, or too little. For many LA VIE PROMISE puts too little. Personally, I prefer too little; I can always fill in what I need to make sense, enjoy, understand, etc. Fortunately, in LVP, Isabelle Huppert's face tells the whole story. She's a woman who is looking for her life and thought she found it in her medical record (she was hospitalized in a psychiatric institution). She senses she lost her memory, but learns that she had lost nothing. This is a woman who has no substance, and if you don't understand what that means, you won't appreciate this film. Hers is a great tragedy, a double tragedy; she is nothing, and now she knows it. Still, she grasps at life and may.... I first saw LVP in JAN2004 at the PSIFF and was glad to fill in more with another viewing.
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