In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in ...
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In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in the birth of a daughter, Chantal. Philippe refuses to marry outside of his social class and Rachel has to raise their daughter alone. Regardless, Chantal is a great source of happiness for Rachel. She wishes for Philippe to legally acknowledge his daughter, which would give her his last name. A battle of more than ten years ensues, which will eventually break up all of their lives.Written by
Hugo Van Herpe
Perhaps the moral of this film is to avoid any potential partner who suggests you absolutely must read Beyond Good and Evil and/or Thus Spoke Zarathustra? (Mentioning Nietzsche's The Gay Science is possibly less of a red flag.)
Philippe (played by Niels Schneider) seems to have absorbed the idea that there is no absolute morality and has convinced himself that the world exists only to satisfy his desires and that he must pursue those desires at whatever cost to others. He's such a consistently obnoxious pig that it is difficult to believe that Rachel (played by Virginie Efira) would really persist in her pursuit of him, even if only to give their daughter legitimacy.
No one could possibly care what happens to Philippe, as he is clearly beyond redemption. And Rachel is quite an unsympathetic character, simply because she puts up with so much narcissism from Philippe.
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