Father of My Children (2009)
"Le père de mes enfants" (original title)

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A film producer struggles with suicidal despair.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ...
Grégoire Canvel
Sylvia Canvel
Alice de Lencquesaing ...
Clémence Canvel
Alice Gautier ...
Valentine Canvel
Manelle Driss ...
Billie Canvel
Sandrine Dumas ...
Valérie, l'assistante de production
Dominique Frot ...
Bérénice, la directrice de production
Antoine Mathieu ...
Frédéric, le comptable
Igor Hansen-Løve ...
Arthur Malkavian
Elsa Pharaon ...
Colette, la secrétaire
Olivia Ross ...
Anja, la stagiaire
Jamshed Usmonov ...
Kova Asimov
Cori Shim ...
Ji Hong, la cinéaste coréenne
Yejin Kim ...
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In the first half, Gregoire, a movie producer of great charm, owner of Moon Films, plays with his younger daughters, talks with his wife and his eldest daughter, and keeps his studio going while one project hemorrhages money and creditors circle. In the second half, Sylvia, his Italian wife, tries to hold the family together as she looks fully into Moon Films' troubles. She meets with a banker, a temperamental Swede, Russian TV magnates, a film lab exec, and Moon's lawyer. Clémence, the oldest daughter, goes on her own search. Debt can crush; how does a family pick up the pieces? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Artist. Mentor. Love of my life.




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Release Date:

16 December 2009 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,414 (USA) (21 May 2010)


$144,022 (USA) (25 June 2010)

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Vaguely based on the real story of Humbert Balsan, a film producer who committed suicide in 2005. See more »


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Slightly pointless
4 October 2012 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Father Of My Children' tells the story of the family of a film producer who comes under financial stress. Plot-wise, the film surprises when the expected ending occurs half-way through; we thus get to also see the aftermath. There's nothing wrong with this per se, although it means we really have two stories in one, and the overall narrative arc is thus slightly broken. But I don't think this is the only reason this film seems strangely devoid of dramatic tension. Even though there are some fairly notable developments, nothing really seems to upset the serenity of its affluent characters. At one point, there's a power cut and the lights go off; after a few minutes, they come back on again, and in some ways, that's how the whole film feels: stuff happens, but the consequences always seem not to actually matter that much. I normally like understated films; but this one, although nicely put together, feels underplayed, and therefore, just a little uninteresting.

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