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Le bonheur des autres (2011)

A quirky, gentle humor pervades this dramedy about family dysfunction, second families, and generational issues. Despite their age difference, 30-year-old Evelyn is happy in her ... See full synopsis »
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Petit Sylvain
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A quirky, gentle humor pervades this dramedy about family dysfunction, second families, and generational issues. Despite their age difference, 30-year-old Evelyn is happy in her relationship with her boyfriend, Jean-Pierre, who is 50. Even when she becomes pregnant, they both embrace this new stage of life. But they are not the only ones in the equation.

Jean-Pierre has been an absentee father to children who are now about the same age as his girlfriend. Hes now trying to rekindle his relationships with them. His son, Sylvain, regularly coaxes him into the kinds of outings fathers and sons experience at a much younger age. But Sylvains own familial ambitions are on holdhis girlfriend just split up with him. His daughter, Marion, has been trying unsuccessfully for two years to have a child, which is taking a steep toll on her marriage. Jean-Pierres ex-wife, Louise, who spent 20 years raising the kids on her own, is now trying to build a new life, albeit with the questionable help of a ...

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Modern family drama that works
13 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful acting and directing with an underlying powerful script makes this tale as true as life can be. Making many story and visual parallels, this psychological exploration of couples and family captivates and ring true. Many magnificent scenes questions us, our lives, our choices, our intentions and priorities, our honesty and self-deception, our sexuality, our skewed view. We see couple and marriage failure and frailties. Human desires and dissonance. We understand the process of aging, of longing and hoping, of fearing and fleeing, of fighting and losing.

Not an easy film because it asks the though questions and goes deeper were it may hurt, but a necessary and nuanced analysis of our reconstructed, deconstructed and often dysfunctional families. Can we wish happiness to others when we have a hard time with our own? We should, but how...


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