How I Killed My Father

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  • Summary: Deals with the complex and fascinating relationship between 40 year-old Jean-Luc (Berling), a successful gerontologist living in a wealthy Parisian suburb, and his long estranged father (Bouquet).

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. 100
    The most disturbing and effective thriller I've seen in many moons. Rarely, indeed almost never, is such high-wattage brainpower coupled with pitch-perfect acting and an exquisite, unfakable sense of cinema.
  2. The script is a steady accretion of small stabs to the heart, propelling the gorgeous performances of Berling, Regnier, and especially the 76-year-old French cinema veteran Bouquet, whose every faint smile is killing.
  3. Truly, there can be nothing as complex as the simplest human relationships, and nothing as satisfying as a film that understands that as this one does.
  4. The pleasure is in watching veteran star Bouquet and the versatile Berling go at it -- they even seem to look alike.
  5. 80
    Fontaine's thoughtful character-driven screenplay is the perfect vehicle for Berling and Bouquet and both are superb. As father and son, they play off each another in fascinating ways as the film moves towards its perfectly modulated, intriguingly ambiguous final moment.
  6. 75
    The title is to be taken figuratively, not literally -- is a top-notch study of family angst.
  7. 40
    A kind of murder mystery, but eventually the only victim is the audience's interest -- the picture is uncompromising and inauspicious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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