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In Paris, a family is victim of a tragic incident, when the patriarch is accused by his wife of pedophilia. Years later, the three sisters have independent dysfunctional lives and never see each other. The middle sister Sophie finds that her beloved husband and photographer Pierre is unfaithful and is having an affair with Julie and he leaves her. When the lover discovers that Pierre has two children, she ends the affair. The youngest, Anne, is student of Sorbonne and has a crush and gets pregnant of her professor Frédéric, who is married and father of her best friend. The oldest sister, Céline, is a lonely woman that periodically travels by train to visit her handicapped dumb mother Marie that is trapped in a wheelchair in an asylum for elders. When the stranger Sébastien contacts Céline, she believes he is a shy admirer; however, after an awkward encounter, he reveals secrets from the past that will affect the relationship among the sisters. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What is hell? Something to do with love. The love of Sophie's, of Céline's, of Anne's, of Sébastien's, of the mother's and of the Greek mythological figure Medea's their unrequited, unreciprocated love plus the mother's misjudgment on her husband.
The intricate plot of the three sisters' problems in their love life is primarily derived from the mistaken thought of their mother about their father's "sexual misbehavior". The riddle is demystified step after step to the daughters and they finally can come to relief. Only that the aged mother insists on her thought saying that she regrets nothing. She enjoys living in hell, complaining and making the other miserable.
Bosnian Danis Tanović is able to capture the French poetic cinematique style. All the actors are able to keep their bearing and flavour. Enjoyable. It is not a complicated story of vast or loud drama. It is closer to Krzysztof Kieslowski's mind. ("Heaven" somehow is novel, new in some ways, yet a little distant from KK's heart.) It is your and also my life. We live in hell at times because of mistake, misunderstanding or stubbornness.
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