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  • Summary: Anne has a very active imagination, only natural for a writer. But in her mid-thirties, she still knows practically nothing of her own family's past. After her mother's death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at the life of her parents, Michael and Léna. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together. Soon, Anne's research into their Jewish history and their ties to Lyon's communist party reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle, Jean, whom everyone seems intent on forgetting entirely. As she gradually closes in on the discovery she didn't know she was looking for, her father grows ever more ill, and may take the secret that kept them apart for so long to his grave. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne's destiny intertwines with her father's past until they form a single, unforgettable story. [Film Movement] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The striking Thierry brings her character to nuanced life on screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 29, 2014
    70
    For a Woman, Diane Kurys' semi-autobiographical film, benefits greatly from its intimate nature, in which a woman discovers secrets from her family's past.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    There's storytelling vigor here and fine performances, plus some pointed exchanges about the burdens of cultural identity and emotional preservation in the aftermath of immense upheaval.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    May 1, 2014
    60
    The 1980s sequences, with their tears and epiphanies, are less vivid and less convincing. An inviting sense of mystery hangs over the events of 1947, Ms. Kurys’s origin story.
  5. Reviewed by: Missy Schwartz
    May 1, 2014
    58
    The acting is largely irreproachable, but the direction is leaden, and the movie just can’t overcome its clunky framing device and nagging air of inauthenticity.
  6. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Apr 29, 2014
    50
    Visually, Kurys offers a mostly conventional, period-handsome widescreen style, which suits her capable actors just fine. The real drawback, though, is the spoon-feeding frame narrative, which takes away from the urgency.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    May 2, 2014
    50
    The end result is itself not especially intriguing.