In a small town, Hélène is a family matriarch who has devoted her life to preserving the legacy of her artist uncle. However, while her eldest son, Frédéric, wants to preserve her home after her passing, she harbors no such illusions as she prepares her legacy. After her death, her children realize what she anticipated as they come to terms with their inheritance's place in their own lives. In the resulting disposition of their mother's assets, treasured heirlooms of a romantic family past drift away even as their changing modern world confronts the value of their memories. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When the grandmother is opening the gifts in the first scene, she tears all the paper off of the book then when the camera angle switches, she pulls off some more wrapping paper, then in the third shot, the book is still partially covered in wrapping paper. See more »
He said to choose anything. l couldn't take advantage. l took something ordinary. What would l do with something valuable?
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Heartbreaking and powerful look at the power of memories.
A marvellously descriptive examination of the power of memories, and the pull of the present in the eventual destruction of those memories.
I decided, principally, to see this film because of the presence of Juliette Binoche in the cast but, even tough hers is a strongly written character, and the acting of Binoche is of it's usual highest standard, it was the heartbreak portrayed by the oldest, and youngest, members of the extended family that really affected me the most.
The most heartbreaking moments came towards the very end, and were played out without being overly sentimentalised. You are left wondering at the uselessness of hanging onto the past when all that are left are museum pieces.
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