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Father of My Children (Version française) [Import]


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Product Details

  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • Release Date: March 29 2011
  • ASIN: B004GSVX8K

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Family And Filmmaking--A French Drama Of Tragedy, Strength, And Perseverance Jan. 11 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The French import "Father of My Children," which won a Special Jury prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, has a quiet intensity that sneaks up on you. This drama about a man in despair and a family in tumult is also an insightful look at the modern film industry. The film, halved into two distinct parts, relies on a cataclysmic tragedy midway through to change narrative directions. And to writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's credit, the film succeeds in this difficult and unexpected transition. I suspect that a number of other reviews will be inclined to mention the nature of this big moment. I, for one, think it would be a mistake to share this piece of the cinematic puzzle--and I will refrain from giving away any specifics. Let's just say, I went into "Father of My Children" without any pre-existing knowledge and I think the picture benefits by unraveling on its own terms.

The film presents us with Gregoire, a French film producer who is struggling to finance the various projects his company is juggling. Assured and well liked, Gregoire is the consummate professional dedicated to the artistry of film. As the business situation becomes more dire, his relationship with his family becomes increasingly distant as work starts to intrude on quality time. On this occasion, however, Gregoire may not be able to extricate himself from the financial burdens that threaten the company. When the aforementioned tragedy takes place, everyone is shocked and left to pick up the pieces. The family must rely on one another in unexpected ways and take up new responsibilities at home and with the film company. It's an emotionally difficult period that helps to redefine the roles and relationships within the clan.

At heart, "Father of My Children" (as you might guess from its title) is a family based drama. One of the joys was to see how close and loving they are to one another. And while there is some understandable alienation and bitterness, never do we lose the sense of real family unity. Heartbreaking and hopeful, by turns, this is an extremely believable film made more so by a naturalistic and likable cast. Even the children give perfectly pitched performances. The film has a genuine pathos that grounds and connects the viewers. I was with these characters through thick and thin. A quietly moving and powerful experience--I was sold on the film's emotional center. The additional cinematic details in the depiction of the filmmaking process was a big extra bonus as well. KGHarris, 1/11.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Moving French family drama June 7 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was recently browsing the foreign film section at my local library and stumbled upon this movie. I must say I didn't know much about the movie but I took a chance and picked it up. Boy, am I glad I did!

"The Father of My Children" (2009 release from France; 115 min.) brings the story of Gregoire, a successful movie producer, and his family (wife and 3 daughters). In the first half of the movie, we see a lot of Gregoire at his job, trying to keep his "Moon Films" producing company afloat, while trying to keep things right with his family and spending time with them at their country house outside of Paris. But money gets tighter than ever at Moon Films. Half-way into the movie, without wanting to give too much away from the plot, a tragic event occurs.

You'll need to see for yourself how it all plays out, but I promise you that you won't be disappointed. The overall feel of the movie is a huge credit to writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve. But special mention should go to Michaël Abiteboul as Gregoire, and to Alice de Lencquesaing as his teenage daughter Clementice, who frankly floored me with her performance. This movie won one of the prizes at the 2009 Cannes film festival, and it's easy to see why. Mind you, this is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare. But if you are in the mood for a good foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "The Father of My Children" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Family And Filmmaking--A French Drama Of Tragedy, Strength, And Perseverance Jan. 11 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
The French import "Father of My Children," which won a Special Jury prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, has a quiet intensity that sneaks up on you. This drama about a man in despair and a family in tumult is also an insightful look at the modern film industry. The film, halved into two distinct parts, relies on a cataclysmic tragedy midway through to change narrative directions. And to writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's credit, the film succeeds in this difficult and unexpected transition. I suspect that a number of other reviews will be inclined to mention the nature of this big moment. I, for one, think it would be a mistake to share this piece of the cinematic puzzle--and I will refrain from giving away any specifics. Let's just say, I went into "Father of My Children" without any pre-existing knowledge and I think the picture benefits by unraveling on its own terms.

The film presents us with Gregoire, a French film producer who is struggling to finance the various projects his company is juggling. Assured and well liked, Gregoire is the consummate professional dedicated to the artistry of film. As the business situation becomes more dire, his relationship with his family becomes increasingly distant as work starts to intrude on quality time. On this occasion, however, Gregoire may not be able to extricate himself from the financial burdens that threaten the company. When the aforementioned tragedy takes place, everyone is shocked and left to pick up the pieces. The family must rely on one another in unexpected ways and take up new responsibilities at home and with the film company. It's an emotionally difficult period that helps to redefine the roles and relationships within the clan.

At heart, "Father of My Children" (as you might guess from its title) is a family based drama. One of the joys was to see how close and loving they are to one another. And while there is some understandable alienation and bitterness, never do we lose the sense of real family unity. Heartbreaking and hopeful, by turns, this is an extremely believable film made more so by a naturalistic and likable cast. Even the children give perfectly pitched performances. The film has a genuine pathos that grounds and connects the viewers. I was with these characters through thick and thin. A quietly moving and powerful experience--I was sold on the film's emotional center. The additional cinematic details in the depiction of the filmmaking process was a big extra bonus as well. KGHarris, 1/11.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Que sera sera,whatever will be will be Aug. 9 2010
By technoguy - Published on Amazon.com
Mia Hansen-Love has been an actress but preferred to direct film.So to the man this film is about,the legendary Humbert Balsan,had acted in Bresson and had small roles in other films,prior to turning to film producing.He had famously produced Lars von Trier and Clair Denis,directors for the festival circuit,unprofitable in the mainsteam.He was responsible for the production of 70 films before his death in 2005.He had also nurtured hopes of producing this director's first film.This film is a homage to him,the father of many film children,illegitimate offspring of his love.Father of my children is a film of two halves,also it's a film about art and life.Gregoire Canvel (de Lencquesaing) is happily married with 3 beautiful daughters and a loving wife(Caselli).He lives however totally for his work as a film producer.Yet he's constantly on the phone,wheeling and dealing,running in front of a black cloud of spiralling debt-too many projects,too many risks,too many egos sucking him dry,especially the Swedish film auteur,Stig.He juggles this with time with his family in the country at weekends or on holiday in Ravelli.Louis-Do's own daughter(Alice) acts as his daughter in the film.Hansen-Love's own brother acts as a budding young director in this too.Gregoire ploughs on at all costs using up his currency of charm until he is finally forced to confront the reality of the situation.There is a crisis which I wont reveal and the film's 2nd half concentrates on the wife and 3 daughters.This film is about the ghosts of cinema,the after-life of what people leave behind.The acting and film direction is beautifully observed and naturalistic, with moments of beautiful stillness and relaxation and a fluidity of interaction between people,an award-winning drama which opens like a plant unfolding, boding well for Hansen-Love's future film career.There is an extra of her being interviewed which gives a useful insight in what she tries to achieve with actors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'The defeat of Death, the victory of Life.' Aug. 2 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Young Writer/Director Mia Hansen-Løve has created a story loosely based on a real situation that manages to examine the central aspect of family love: 'the defeat of death, the victory of life'. Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) is a producer in the film industry, an auteur who is devoted to quality films. As a producer he has several films in varying stages of production (including one in Sweden directed by a difficult genius who has little respect for cost containment) and the financial aspects of his Moon Films is in rocky terrain, despite being surrounded by a staff devoted to his vision and going without pay because of their commitment. At the same time Grégoire is a devoted husband to his wise wife Sylvia (Chiara Caselli) and to his three daughters - the oldest being the sensitive Clémence (a stunning portrayal by young Alice de Lencquesaing), Valentine (Alice Gautier) and Billie (Manelle Driss) - taking country walks with them and being wholly involved with their family activities, despite the fact that he is constantly on the cellphone managing the tragedies that abound at work. It is apparent that everyone who comes into contact with Grégoire feels the special gifts he has - except for the lawyer and creditors he tries to avoid. The financial sinkhole opens and Grégoire, in despair, commits suicide. The story actually begins here, as the point of the film is how each of the people who came under Grégoire's influence - co-workers, wife and children, and friends - responds to the loss of this man. There is not the usual breast-beating grieving, but rather a quiet study of how each of these people is affected by and reacts to the passing of a solitary genius by suicide. The film is definitely one that is life affirming rather than an extended eulogy!

The entire cast is excellent, with special kudos to the children as well as to Eric Elmosnino who plays a rock bound friend to the family and the director's brother Igor Hansen-Løve whose small part as a hopeful writer is richly detailed. This may be too early a time to judge the talent of Mia Hansen-Løve, but if she is able to maintain the quality she achieves in THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN, she has an exciting future in cinema. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, June 10


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