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Family Resemblances (1996)

Un air de famille (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 June 1998 (USA)
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henri
... Denis
... Yolande
... Betty
Claire Maurier ... Madame Ménard - la mère
... Philippe
Alain Guillo ... Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon ... La Mère 1967
... Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey ... Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard ... Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas ... Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle ... Betty 1967
Nicolas Taeb ... Henri 1967
Ludovic Taeb ... Philippe 1967
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An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Family Resemblances  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$257,637, 12 June 1998

Gross USA:

$316,872, 28 June 1998
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Yolande: What use is it to keep a paralysed dog in the house?
Denis: Think of it as a decoration. It's like a rug, but alive.
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Referenced in Un petit jeu sans conséquence (2004) See more »

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Come prima
Written by Jacques Larue, Mario Panzeri (as M. Panzeri), Sandro Taccani (as S. Paola Taccani),
Vincenzo di Paola (as V. Di Paola)
Performed by Dalida
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Superbly observed microcosm
10 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Mr. Klapisch continues to mark himself as one of the finest directors of his generation; with simple means, he tells tales which stick close to the bone of contemporary life, and he knows his territory quite well. This French family could not ring more true, and it is in the subtleties - such as the scenes of the "successful" son who is nonetheless hounded by the biting criticisms of his family - that Klapitch really distances himself from his contemporaries. There is little of the long-windedness or preciousness of some of the current flock of young directors, and his films never glibly mock their characters, which can leave more chilling - or uplifting - conclusions towards the end of their tales. It seems that every time a movie is adapted from a play people seem to harp on its "theatricality" - almost as a matter of course - yet this film works quite well on the screen, and the visual qualities of the storytelling are numerous, while the cinematography is superb throughout. I must also add that, despite the fact that we are discouraged from reacting to existing comments on this page, the comments of the reviewer from Dublin, Ireland are among the most ludicrous I have seen on these pages; Un Air de Famille - it is a superb title in French - is one of the finest films to come out of France in the last decade.


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