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  • Summary: Grégoire, a Parisian film producer, has it all — a beautiful wife, three adorable daughters, wealth and a buzzing career. On the surface he seems invincible, maintaining humor and charm as he tirelessly juggles the demands of his production company with his family's needs. But whenGrégoire, a Parisian film producer, has it all — a beautiful wife, three adorable daughters, wealth and a buzzing career. On the surface he seems invincible, maintaining humor and charm as he tirelessly juggles the demands of his production company with his family's needs. But when Grégoire's reserves — both financial and emotional — reach a dramatic breaking point, his family's love and resilience is
    tested. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. It isn't saying too much, though, to call Mia Hansen-Løve's French-language drama beautiful, profound and, given the gathering tensions of its story, phenomenally full of life.
  2. 88
    The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.
  3. 88
    The film's second half is the most touching, because it shows that our lives are not merely our own, but also belong to the events we set in motion.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    Marked by moments of remarkable stillness amid its emotional tumult, the film's classy, perceptive treatment of potentially maudlin material merits wider arthouse attention than it's likely to receive.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    75
    Starts slowly, builds slowly, resolves slowly and ends slowly, if indeed it can be said to end at all.
  6. The Father of My Children is a protean charmer just like Grégoire Canvel, the title character modeled on the late Humbert Balsan.
  7. 50
    Loses focus and sags into a how-we-got-through-it family procedural.

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  1. Jul 22, 2012
    8
    It was fairly low key, and its focus on intimate details kept my attention almost the whole time. Maybe in the last 15 minutes there were aIt was fairly low key, and its focus on intimate details kept my attention almost the whole time. Maybe in the last 15 minutes there were a few scenes I found unnecessary. After watching it I was guessing the director was a woman-- maybe from some delicate quality of the storytelling. Charming piece of work. Expand

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