is a refreshing and insightful look at the relationships of two sets of three generations of women that contemplates the question of whether or not women are genetically bound to be like their mothers.
Steering well clear of soap opera, the film offers a slice of life that women will surely recognize and men would no doubt benefit from seeing. Only the lack of a clear point of view may keep it from having wide appeal.
Flighty aerobics instructor Michele (Sylvie Moreau), a single mother with a 14-year-old daughter, has a bad gambling habit that leaves her broke and homeless so she turns to her old friend Janine for help.
Janine (Macha Grenon
) is an accomplished interior designer who has a beautiful home that she manages impeccably; overseeing her two children while her broadcaster husband is frequently away.
Michele's daughter Marguerite (Mylene St-Sauveur) is a free spirit like her mom while Janine's daughter Gabrielle (Juliette Gosselin
) maintains a straight-laced demeanor to please her mom.
As Janine's brother is Marguerite's father and Michele's mother has a new boyfriend of her own, family gatherings are always an adventure but the kids calmly explain to their friends who's who.
Janine gives Michele a job and allows her old friend and her daughter to stay with her, but Michele's gambling habit gets worse and Janine's fussiness increases as she comes to believe that her husband is having an affair.
When the two daughters start to behave as adolescents will, Michele and Janine react in ways not dissimilar from how their own mothers respond when they turn to them for help.
The storyline is held together by a neat, if cruel, act of vengeance and there is much biting wit along the way. The acting is outstanding and the film suffers only from being book-ended by a speculative narration that leaves the drama unfulfilled.