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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).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Jonathan Curiel
    100
    Under Fontaine's direction, family dysfunction is an intense experience with unexpectedly positive repercussions, even if the steps between are painful and potentially deadly.
  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. 90
    The result is an intelligent, moving and invigorating film, just the thing for adults bored with the shock-horror posturing to be found in the work of so many young European directors.
  4. Reviewed by: J. R. Jones
    80
    Fontaine and Jacques Fieschi collaborated on the screenplay, and Jocelyn Pook's chilly string score nicely evokes the menace underlying the film's plush settings.
  5. 80
    Fontaine gives her film the tone of a psychological thriller, with the potential of violence always lurking beneath the surface.
  6. 75
    What strikes you the most about this well put-together film is how little you're drawn to either character or really understand where either is coming from.
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2