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Alternate Weeks (and Half the Vacation) (2009)
"Une semaine sur deux (et la moitié des vacances scolaires)" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family  -  22 July 2009 (France)
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A 12 year old girl and her 8 year old brother live one week with their mother and the next week with their father. Each child must cope in the only ways they know.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Campan ...
Grégori Derangère ...
Judith Davis ...
Danièle Lebrun ...
Nicole, la mère de Marjorie
Keyne Cuypers ...
Manon Valentin ...
Didier Brice ...
M. Gaudin
Camille Bardery ...
Le prof de gym
François Toumarkine ...
Le prof de musique
Christine Gagnieux ...
Le juge
Alain Debruyne ...


A 12 year old girl and her 8 year old brother live one week with their mother and the next week with their father. The girl blamers her mother, a super businesswoman for the divorce and turns all her anger on her. She prefers the weeks with her father who is flat broke after leaving his bank job to give people free hugs on street corners. Her brother channels his sense of injustice into the battle to save the planet. As the school year progresses and her parents struggle to mend their lives and as the girl approaches her 13th birthday, she learns to see the world in a new way. Written by IMDb staff

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Nevertheless, we have "seen" the Mont St-Michel (Screen)
10 August 2009 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

This movie was actually a sharing of similar experiences about divorce.

But, to be interesting, the cast and the story needed to be good and I admit it was the case: the kids were cool and the parents were believable: I was a little worried about the mother (because I can't stand the actress) and I was delighted as usual by Bernard Campan, who can play everything in his unique and sympathetic way.

For the story, the passing of seasons starting from school beginning to summer holidays is really interesting: you can guess what is coming and wait for the moment.

As for the exchanges, here's a list of all details, big or small, I can relate: school, twin beds, the court procedures, the weekly arrival and departure, Christmas meal, the school trip, the lemon paintings, the plaster, Limoges, the new friends, the dinner, the mother Nicole, the life alone without the kids…

The defect of the movie would be the absent family of the parents and the maybe too gentle relationship that still exists between them: divorce means something is split, broken;

It remains a interesting french movie and a recommended choice.

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