Marion does not love her husband anymore. She decides to leave him to live fully, not to be locked in the reassuring comfort of a family life. Dominique lives with his wife an identical situation but he can not take the plunge.
Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.
Senegalese Samba has worked 10 years in France. He's arrested and befriends the woman helping him with legal matters as volunteer after a burnout at work. He's released after being told to leave France. Chemistry?
Juliette was simply not sure about coming to live in this residential suburb of the greater Paris metropolitan area. All the women here are in their forties, have children to raise, houses ... See full summary »
Dominique, an impressive and possessive father, runs with his sister a large animal store: "Le Paradis des bêtes". Violent, when he has passed a point of no return in his relationship with his wife, Cathy, he fled with their children Clarisse and Ferdinand. Refugee with them on the other side of the border, in a large hotel in a posh winter sports resort, he tries to build a world of illusion, in order to win back his daughter and his son - who yet love him unconditionally.
"Le Paradis Des Bêtes " is a pet shop which Dominique runs with his sister Stephane .
Dominique is an immature man whose marriage to Cathy is on the rocks :violent rows become soon unbearable for the wife.
After leaving a beaten Cathy on the road,he takes his children to Switzerland in a posh ski resort ,where he tries to create a new paradise :they have their photograph taken with a giant "rabbit",they play Monopoly .Dominique is often pretending it's a big game (the chase ,with the police hot on their heels) or that in the street enemies are imaginary people (such as Cruella).But his sister ,an embittered spinster who has probably always dominated him,wants them back to reality :her cruelty knows no bounds then as she mistreats her niece,becoming the witch ,or Cruella ,in the fairy tale .The part of the mother is a little underwritten,but the director is more interested in the love/hate Relationship between the dad and the kids.
All in all,the whole "adventure" was perhaps only a ride on a merry-go -round (the last scene being symbolic,which echoes to the very first scene) , and when the ride is over ,you just have to let it go.
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