Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 2hr 15m
A sensitively observed study of the impossibilities in romantic and familial love.
Rachel (intelligently captured by Virgine Efira) is a sweet country girl; unassuming and beautiful. The slick Parisian Philippe (Niels Schneider) is smoothly handsome, educated and narcissistic. They meet in her home town of Chateauroux, where Philippe is sent to work as an army translator. He completely dazzles her with his knowledge of literature and the arts, and they are drawn to each other in a way that appears inevitable. Yet, when she falls pregnant, he refuses to marry her on the premise that he cannot be tied down because she is not of worthy class status. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse act that stretches out for years, with him intermittently sauntering into and disappearing out of the lives of the single mother and her daughter Chantal.
More unresolved than traditional, Catherine Corsini’s beautiful film is deeply sympathetic to the often struggling but ever resourceful Rachel as she attempts to build a life for her and her daughter alone. What begins as a sweet love story morphs into a poignant look at a mother-daughter relationship as it grows over 30 turbulent years.
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