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Monday, March 22, 2010

THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (LE PERE DE MES ENFANTS)

By D.E.Levine

A New Directors/New Films 2010 Selection

Director: Mia Hansen-Love
Writer: Mia Hansen-Love (screenplay)
Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Chiara Caselli, Alice de Lencquesaing, Alice Gautier, Manelle Driss, Eric Elmosnino, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Frot, Antoine Mathieu, Igor Hansen Love, Elsa Pharaon, Olivia Ross, Jamshed Usmonov et al.
Producers: Oliver Damian, Philippe Martin and David Thion
Running Time: 112 Minutes
Country of Origin: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, Tragedy

The winner of the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, this mesmerizing film holds audience attention until the very last minute.

The story was inspired by the life and death of film producer Humbert Balsan and initially centers around beleaguered film producer Gregoire Canvel.

Following Gregoire through Paris, landmarks and film sets as he negotiates solutions to a variety of problems on several projects, Gregoire seems unflappable.

Despite his demeanor however, Gregoire's company is on the verge of bankruptcy and the strain is taking a toll on his family life.

When a sudden tragedy strikes, the film shifts focus to Gregoire's wife Sylvia and their three daughters.

All of the performances are superb and riveting. Pascal Auffray's cinematography is like a travelogue of Paris as he follows Gregoire's non-stop pace and cell-phone prattle.

The cell phone becomes an object of contention while on a family vacation, as it frequently does in real life.

Director Mia Hansen-Love has deliberately understated some scenes, all the better to create a believable film

All the joys and sadness, the various characters and locations are totally believable and beautifully portrayed. The script, dialogue and actors are powerful and believable making this film one that should not be missed.