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on 9 June 2010
I saw this when it came out to a very limited theatrical release in the UK back in March - it's a shame it wasn't seen by more people.
It's a touching drama, that's so poignant it stays with you long after the credits roll. The writer/director Mia Hansen-Love delivers a stunning film, which is loosely based on a real story examining the central aspect of family love. Without spoiling the story, it's heartbreaking stuff and a unique cinematic experience. It's French drama at it's best and one you should not miss. Hopefully there's more to come from this very talented director.
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French films often have an unreal quality about them as their upper middle class heroes and heroines struggle with First World Problems. This is pretty much how the first part of the film shapes up as the story builds a picture of an idyllic life with problems no larger than a man's hand on the horizon. Then - whack - a sucker punch flattens the viewer and you plunge into a different world. This is very well observed but please do not watch this film if you are going into or through a depressive period. The matter that changes the course of the film is one with which I deal in my professional career; the film has got it just right; the confusion, the feeling of loss of control, the false hope. It is in this respect (and no other) a horrible film.
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VINE VOICEon 13 July 2010
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.
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on 26 March 2015
Disappointed in this movie - after reading good reviews of it. I bought it after seeing the director's second film "Goodbye First Love" which was excellent. I am always on the lookout for movies which address the topic of mental health intelligently, but sadly, this wasn't one of them. It skated over the reasons for the father's actions, and the opportunity was missed to explore the emotional impact on his family, in my opinion. It was all very surface and didn't dig deep.
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on 9 April 2011
A believable tale of what could be described as a typical 'salesman' type of personality - gift of the gab, always on the go, forever - I mean forever - on the phone, over-achiever, over-stretched, lovely man. Inevitably, this produces tensions in all aspects of his life, but he continues to live in his bubble - which ultimately bursts.

This is a sad story, extremely well acted and IMHO one that gains the empathy of it's audience. Excvellent film.
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VINE VOICEon 12 April 2011
Mia Hansen-Løve's film said to be written in homage to film producer Humbert Balsan, gives you a window into the life of an over stretched film producer and his family. This is a beautiful although sad film. Modern and tragic.

I would definitely recommend it.
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on 7 December 2010
This movie is about a producer of arthouse-movies in france. Although he managed so far to get things roling, he now faces strong difficulties finantielly.
he tries to stay optimistic, but than the crises got him.
first we get to kow him as the ever working man, but also as a devoted family man, who is relaxed and attentive with his daughters and loved bij his wife. then he dies. And the movie goes on. What does this signify for teh wife, his daughters, his company. Are they able to save his company, his heritage from disaster?

Marion Hänsen-Love made a very interesting second movie. You understand she has known in her own life such a man, who gave her the chance to make a movie.

Great DVD. you get used to the undertitles real quick, and the French sounds so nice!
good purchase for your money. brightens your horizon.
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on 19 October 2010
A very good film, with innumerable details. And
it's new, which makes it even more remarkable.
Better than Assayas.
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on 28 January 2011
The idea for the film storyline was fine but found the film slow going & not as moving as it should have been with the events that occurred. Bought it based on previous ratings ... so if you're thinking of buying it. A vos risques et perils!!
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