The question at the heart of the new film by writer-director Carine Tardieu (of The Dandelions fame) is: You can’t choose who your parents are – or can you? Out of the conundrum the director turns in a the sharp and funny comedy about two interconnected stories involving paternity and possible incest, as a widowed father discovers that his own dad may not be his biological one, while learning that his budding love interest may actually be his sister. It’s as light-hearted as its subject matter is deadly serious. Featuring an excellent cast lead by Francois Damiens and Cecile de France, this Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry from earlier in the year juggles issues with a light and intelligent touch.
Cast François Damiens, Cécile de France, Guy Marchand, André Wilms, Alice de Lencquesaing, Estéban, Lyes Salem, Sam Karmann, Brigitte Roüan, Julie Debazac, Loïc Baylacq, Nadège Beausson-Diagne
Director Carine Tardieu | 2016 | France, Belgium | 97 mins | Int Sales SND Groupe M6 / The Festival Agency
Sharp and funny: Tardieu juggles lots of heavy issues with a supremely light touch, making us laugh about what would normally be tragic events… Hollywood Reporter
London Ciné Lumière: Mon 6 Nov 18:30
Edinburgh Filmhouse: Sun 12 Nov 18:15
Glasgow Film Theatre: Mon 13 Nov 20:30