Although he's now eighty years old, Claude Lherminier is still as imposing as he ever was. But his bouts of forgetfulness and confusion are becoming increasingly frequent. Even so, he ...
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Although he's now eighty years old, Claude Lherminier is still as imposing as he ever was. But his bouts of forgetfulness and confusion are becoming increasingly frequent. Even so, he stubbornly refuses to admit that anything is wrong. Carole, his oldest daughter, wages a daily and taxing battle to ensure that he's not left on his own. Claude suddenly decides on a whim to go to Florida. What lies behind this sudden trip?Written by
The story is about an old man, Claude, who entered the stage where memory and reasoning fail. He is wealthy and lives in a very comfortable house where caregivers hired by Carole, his elder daughter, takes care of him. He has divorced years ago and insists that his ex-wife died, whereas, in fact, she is alive and married. Besides Carole, who manages his life and administrates all their assets, he had another daughter, younger than Carole, who use to live in Florida(US) and died in a car accident (in Florida), some years ago. As a consequence of the trauma that this accident caused to him, he refuses to be aware of this loss and thinks that his younger daughter is still alive and living very well in Florida. All Claude messy moves are taken with good humor, including the last one, when he escapes from the France region where he lives and takes an Air France flight to Florida to visit his younger daughter. The only tense scene in the film is when he reaches the house where his younger daughter use to live and discovers that she is no longer alive. At this moment, he enters in a kind of anguish crisis which is the only move which transmits anguish and not good humor. During the whole story, Carole refuses to put him in a elderly home. After this episode of Florida, she decides to put him in the elderly home, which is, by the way very comfortable. The film is a light and pleasant entertainment. Yet, it gave me the impression that old age is much more light for a wealthy person than otherwise.
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