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Making Plans for Lena -- Recently liberated from her job and husband, Lena heads home for the holidays, hoping to enjoy at least a temporary escape from all she's gone through.
Making Plans for Lena -- As soon as she gets to the Gare Montparnasse, things start to go wrong for Lena: she loses her son Anton and just misses her train. In her bag, the baby magpie that her daughter Augustine wanted to save is slowly dying. On arriving in Brittany, she discovers that her parents and sister are plotting together for her good and have summoned her ex-husband, Nigel. She feels betrayed, humiliated and disgusted. Should she leave or stay? Send everything packing? Her limited self-confidence begins to evaporate. The ghosts of duty, social judgement and family order band together to prevent her from living, loving and thinking, from simply being herself.


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Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
Geneviève Brisac (scenario)
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Release Date:
20 August 2010 (USA) See more »
Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A more complex and mature film from Christophe Honoré See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Chiara Mastroianni ... Léna

Marina Foïs ... Frédérique
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Annie

Jean-Marc Barr ... Nigel
Fred Ulysse ... Michel

Louis Garrel ... Simon
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo ... Thibault
Alice Butaud ... Elise
Julien Honoré ... Gulven
Caroline Sihol ... La fleuriste
Donatien Suner ... Anton
Lou Pasquerault ... Augustine

Jean-Baptiste Fonck ... José
Marion Wyckaert
Alexandre Varron
Kevin Le Beuvant
Catherine Birambeau ... La guide à Rome
Bernard Pellen ... Le prêtre
Christian Anneix ... Le joueur de biniou
Jean Baron ... Le joueur de bombarde
Steven Ropars ... Un prétendant de Katell
Jonathan Cloarec ... Un prétendant de Katell
Pierre-Yves Perenne ... Un prétendant de Katell
Anthony Wyckaert ... Un prétendant de Katell
Simone Pinguet ... La mère du premier prétendant
Sonia Convenant ... Frédérique enfant
Marie Convenant ... Léna enfant
Alain Raymond ... Gérard - Le patron du café
Laurent Haas ... Le médecin urgentiste

Directed by
Christophe Honoré 
Writing credits
Christophe Honoré (scenario) &
Geneviève Brisac (scenario)

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Béatrice Mauduit .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Beaupain 
Emmanuel D'Orlando (arranger, orchestrator and co_composer with Alex Beaupain)
Cinematography by
Laurent Brunet 
Film Editing by
Chantal Hymans 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Samuel Deshors 
Costume Design by
Pierre Canitrot 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Arguillère .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Chloé Dagonet .... assistant production manager
Edouard Decker .... assistant unit manager
Camilla Fava del Piano .... production manager: Italy
Riccardo Marchegiani .... production supervisor (segment)
Thibault Mattei .... unit production manager
Isabelle Tillou .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yann Chemin .... third assistant director
Sylvie Peyre .... first assistant director
Guillaume Plumejeau .... second assistant director
Valérie Tristan .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Catherine Bourgeois .... set dresser
Matthieu Scavazza .... assistant art director
Romain Scavazza .... assistant art director
Nathalie Serrière .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Laurent Cercleux .... boom operator
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Valérie Deloof .... sound editor
Guillaume Le Bras .... sound
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Deborah Stauffer .... assistant sound editor
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Abelé .... chief lighting technician
Sébastien Fanchault .... key grip
Mathieu Jamme .... electrician
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Emilie Monier .... assistant camera
Guillaume Quoilin .... steadicam operator
Andra Tevy .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Julie Gouet .... casting
Agathe Hassenforder .... casting: children
Peggy Pasquerault .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Mathilde Delacroix .... color timer
David Magalhaes .... telecine dailies colorist
Fabien Turriziani .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Loris Bernot .... pro tools technician
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Stéphane Reichart .... music mixer
Other crew
Lysiane Biagini .... location scout
Stéphane Boulay .... car preparer
Jean-Michel Bouteau .... car preparer
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... car preparer
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau .... production assistant

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"Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser" - France (original title)
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105 min
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A more complex and mature film from Christophe Honoré, 23 February 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

A plunge into Arnaud Desplechin territory, Variety calls this film, comparing it unfavorably to the latter's recent A Christmas Tale. True, there is an unruly family gathering around the older parents, who are affectionate, and one of them seriously ill, just as in Desplechin's film. But it's not Christmas, and that's not the whole focus. The genesis of Making Plans for Léna/Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser lies in several things. Honoré wanted to make a movie around Chiara Mastroianni. Having completed what he now calls his "Paris trilogy" -- Dans Paris, Love Songs, and La Belle Personne -- and now being married with a daughter, he wanted to return to his native Brittany and focus on family, children, the role of women. And so, collaborating on the script with the writer Genevieve Brisac, he has made a more mature and many-layered work than he has ever done before.

It naturally lacks the charm, the focus, the elegance and the fabulous quality of his Paris films, which deal with idealized or imaginary families and romanticized, amusing, frivolous young men, as represented by his alter ego, Louis Garrel. Garrel appears fleetingly here as Simon, Léna's (Mastroianni's) younger lover or would-be lover. Typically, he plays his almost throwaway role with lightness and verve, bringing welcome moments of fun into what is, after all, for the most part a pretty heavy flick.

Taking her two children to the country to stay with her parents (Marie-Christine Barrault and Fred Ulysse, seen as both annoying and sexy), she encounters her ex-husband, the American Nigel (Jean-Marc Barr). On hand is her playful younger brother Gulven (played by the director's own brother Julien Honoré). Her sister (Marina Foïs) is fighting with her husband (Jean-Baptiste Fonck) and seems on the verge of divorce. Léna comes on the scene as one who can't cope: she momentarily loses her son Anton (Donatien Suner) in the Gare Montparnasse train station before ever leaving Paris. Then she agrees to take away the sick bird they've found but puts it in a bag that kills it. As in Honoré's Love Songs, Mastroianni is continually troubled and sad and overwhelmed. But this is the much bigger role that Honoré wanted to give her. As Variety reviewer Jordan Mintzer writes of this career-capping performance, Mastroianni "manages to channel real energy into her character early on, making for a strong performance reminiscent of both Emmannuelle Devos in (Desplechin's) Kings and Queen and Gena Rowland's unruly protags in the films of John Cassavettes." And the thing is, the other principal actors are also in top form and some of their best work.

The irony is that everyone else in the family wants to make Léna happy, and all this "making plans" for her makes her feel put-upon and overwhelmed. She wavers back and forth about whether to leave, with or without the children, and carries her worries about her role in life back with her to Paris.

Anton is more articulate and calm than Léna is (and we get to see children really tormented by watching the desperate honesty of adults). In the country, he and Lena go on a walk and he recounts a Breton tale, of Katell Gollet (Katel the Lost). The story is dramatized by figures in traditional Breton costume enacting a festival where Katell torments young men by making them dance to death and winds up marrying the devil to defy her father.

This strange but powerful interlude divides the film in two. Afterwards it returns to Paris and to Léna's continuing difficulty coping in her own life, wither taking care of the kids or her demanding job at a big florist shop that requires her to do wholesale buying and delivery service for an unsympathetic boss (Caroline Sihol).

This has been seen by French critics as a feminist film, and it focuses primarily on how overburdened the modern woman is. But men are not demonized. When Léna can't pick up her children because of a delivery to a cemetery, Nigel immediately steps in to help. But there still comes a literally shattering moment for Anton.

Making Plans for Léna, which is being released in the US by IFC Films, surprises with its complexity after the New Wave-ish, stylish and relatively brittle Paris trilogy with a rounded, complex, mature work that takes Christophe Honoré to a new level. Long overshadowed by her illustrious parents, the film icons Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve ever since her small part was cut out of a Fellini film when she was eight years old, Chiara Mastroianni here finally has the opportunity to carry a film with a rich and complex role.

Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser opened September 3 in Paris to excellent reviews. IFC release in the USA. Shown as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, New York, March 2010.

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