Plot & Details
When the grown-up children of a missing parent are reunited with their father, they discover it raises more questions than it answers in a well-crafted mood piece from writer/director Anne Fontaine. Jean-Luc (Charles Berling) is a well-to-do physician whose practice is devoted to older patients, many of whom are forced to confront their fears about death. While Jean-Luc is used to dealing with such issues, they come home for him one day when he learns that his father has died. The news prompts Jean-Luc to look back at his younger days, and his difficult relationship with his dad, Maurice (Michel Bouquet), who ran out on his family when Jean-Luc was a boy and returned after he'd grown to adulthood with few explanations about where he'd gone (he became a volunteer physician in the Third World) and why he left his wife and children behind. Growing up in an air of uncertainty has had an impact on Jean-Luc's relationship with his wife Isa (Natacha Regnier); neither is certain of how to reach out to one another, and Jean-Luc sometimes seeks comfort in the arms of Myriem (Amira Casar), an assistant in his office. Maurice's absence also took its toll on Jean-Luc's brother, Patrick (Stephane Guillon), who deals with his anxieties by pursuing a career as a comic, while earning his keep as Jean-Luc's driver.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 100min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/23/2002
- DVD Release Date: 07/27/2004
- Distributor(s): New Yorker
- Director(s): Anne Fontaine
- Starring: Michel Bouquet , Charles Berling , Natacha Régnier , Amira Casar , Stephane Guillon
- Themes: Sibling Relationships,Family Gatherings,Haunted By the Past,Fathers and Sons
- Tone: Enigmatic,Atmospheric,Talky,Austere,Understated,Deliberate,Intimate,Reflective
- Keywords: aging, brother, chauffeur, comics [stand-up], doctor, estrangement, father, parent/child-relationship, son
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (08-23-2002)