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Alternate Weeks (and Half the Vacation) (2009)

Une semaine sur deux (et la moitié des vacances scolaires) (original title)
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.


Ivan Calbérac


Ivan Calbérac





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathilde Seigner ... Marjorie
Bernard Campan ... François
Bertille Chabert ... Léa
Grégori Derangère ... Jérôme
Judith Davis ... Pauline
Danièle Lebrun ... Nicole, la mère de Marjorie
Jean-Baptiste Fonck ... Maxime
Keyne Cuypers Keyne Cuypers ... Hugo
Manon Valentin Manon Valentin ... Chloé
Didier Brice Didier Brice ... M. Gaudin
Camille Bardery Camille Bardery ... Le prof de gym
Anne Charrier ... Clara
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... Le prof de musique
Christine Gagnieux Christine Gagnieux ... Le juge
Alain Debruyne Alain Debruyne ... L'avocat


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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Awful French movie about ...
8 January 2012 | by stuka24See all my reviews

corny clichés supposed to mean "the drama of children from a divorced couple". Very machist, like when the daughter's monologue says: "She was a ..., so my father HAD TO cheat on her" (emphasis mine). Then she repeats the idea.

The main character is Léa, the daughter. If you like what she says and does, you'll love the film. If you don't, as me, you'll loathe this film since the first minute. Chloé is his best friend, necessary in this kind of film. Maxime/Max as the male son is not very developed as a character but it's true, he's very young. So he misses his mum.

Mathilde Seigner (Marjorie) has done good films like the sensible wife in "Harry, un ami qui ..." or Samantha in the hilarious "Vénus beauté (institut)" with a stellar cast. She also did "Trésor" (about a dog...). This film belongs to the 2nd category :). She's a neurotic mum, without any likable or interesting characteristic.

François, from "Frenchman" among other films, is a bohemian dad, obviously this bad film's been written by a male, for he's the hero, and she's obnoxious without relief.

Anne Charrier as Clara is one of the father's many conquests. All just as unlikely, like the beautiful and 20 years younger piano teacher (Pauline/ Judith Davis) who sleeps with him just after having met him for less than one minute. Maybe he's very handsome, I as a male don't think so but...

Grégori Derangère as Jérôme does what he can with an unlikely character, liking somebody *Marjorie* without much ado. He "writes travel guides", so he's cool, handsome, has a deep, husky voice, and is even cool with her sons. So much she starts questioning him: Are you crazy, homosexual, alcoholic, drug addict, a murderer, attached to your mum, impotent, practising catholic...?". All at the same level...

Keyne Cuypers is "Hugo", Léa's love interest. Has a bit of the androgynous look that's fashionable now.

One of the best scenes is the school tour at Mount Saint Michel. For those of us not fortunate enough to have been raised in Europe, it's interesting to see what a nice treat a routine trip can be if you're at the right place :).

Nicole, Marjorie's father, also has a love interest. This film is basically about it: Love and its everlasting power to inspire countless insipid films :).

This film is sad for children, for the look like bothersome loads for their parents, who want to remake their lives, have their own new couples.

XavissimuS (PariS)'s IMDb review is right that the film being on a short period of time and during the school/ holiday break change has importance by givig the "tempo" of the film. Music is all American commercial rock that is sometimes cool, other just insipid. Paris looks great, thou.

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22 July 2009 (France) See more »

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