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Making Plans for Lena (2009) More at IMDbPro »Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser (original title)

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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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  (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 Silhol ... La fleuriste (as Caroline Sihol)
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
Mathieu Jamme .... electrician
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Emilie Monier .... assistant camera
Guillaume Quoilin .... steadicam operator
Franchault Sebastien .... key grip (as Sébastien Fanchault)
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
Location Management
Lysiane Biagini .... location scout
Music Department
Loris Bernot .... pro tools technician
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Stéphane Reichart .... music mixer
Other crew
Stéphane Boulay .... car preparer
Jean-Michel Bouteau .... car preparer
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... car preparer
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau .... production assistant
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser" - France (original title)
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105 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Fascination of Observing a Dysfunctional Family, 2 September 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

Christophe Honoré (with Geneviève Brisac) wrote and directed this strange but endlessly fascinating film about family. Not unlike Honoré's other films ('The Clan', 'Les Chansons d'amour', 'Dans Paris', 'Ma mère', 'La Belle Personne', etc), 'Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras pas Danser' (AKA 'Making Plans for Lena') dissects relationships searching for the core of identity that binds a family unit, usually uncovering some deep seated problems that other writer/directors fear approaching. His focus is usually on women, how they are increasingly forced to take the primary role in the family - mother, breadwinner, protector, and distraught loner after a husband leaves in divorce. While in his other films Honoré keeps the incidents mirrored in this story palliatively light, here he delves more deeply and with greater seriousness of direction to create on of his finest films to date. While the film is readily available on demand through the television system, IFC has yet to release the film in the US, hence the review for the film on the very readily available MP3 downloads! The film should be available soon, both in theaters and on DVD: this note is to encourage viewers to watch for it.

Léna (Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcel Mastroianni) is the harried mother of Anton (Donatien Suner, a very bright young talent) and Augustine (Lou Pasquerault), and in the throes of a divorce from an American adulterer Nigel (Jean-Marc Barr) and is leaving Paris to stay in the country home of her parents ((Marie-Christine Barrault and Fred Ulysse) as they prepare to take a holiday in Rome by bus. Her parents face their own demons: her father has a progressive neurologic disease and her mother is both annoyingly authoritarian and sexy - the couple retains their physicality in their waning years. Upon arrival Léna encounters not only her bossy mother but her rather infantile brother Gulven (Julien Honoré) and his current amour Elise (Alice Butaud) as well as her sister Frédérique (Marina Foïs), pregnant with her second child - her husband José (Jean-Baptiste Fonck) and their son (it is also obvious that this relationship is not a tidy one!). What was supposed to be a time of rest ends up a time of frustration, sadness over her role as a single mother who despite her loathing of Nigel's extramarital affair, still loves him and longs for the peace of a quiet family life. All of Léna's family try to help her find paths to happiness) including introducing a possible love interest in a friend of Gulven's named Simon (Louis Garrel). Reflections of the past joy of her childhood only make her more aware of her discontented present and even with the lovely film within a film about a Breton tale, of Katell Gollet (Katel the Lost), 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 (the filming of this 'entr'acte' is magnificently beautiful): even Léna's children attempt to assuage their mother's obvious anguish at her struggle with reality.

The film jumps forward in time and Léna has moved back to Paris, works in floral shop, and continues to struggle with her feelings about Nigel. When her work makes heavy demands on her she requests Nigel's help in watching after the children. An accident involving Anton brings her back into the role of facing exactly what it is she wants and needs to make her happy. The cast is uniformly superb, with special kudos to Chiara Mastroianni who has become a strong actress with a very bright future. The musical score by Alex Beaupain and the brilliant cinematography by Laurent Brunet (much of the film was shot in Brittany) add enormously to the effect of the multiple stories this film weaves into one. Highly Recommended.

Grady Harp

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