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  • Summary: 1976. When her marriage falls apart, Agnes Le Roux (Adèle Haenel) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (Catherine Deneuve), owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet), a1976. When her marriage falls apart, Agnes Le Roux (Adèle Haenel) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (Catherine Deneuve), owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet), a lawyer and Renee’s business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnes is madly in love with him. As a shareholder in the Palais de la Mediterannee casino, Agnes decides to sell what should have been her inheritance to go it alone. A fixed card game threatens the casino’s financial stability. Someone is trying to intimidate her mother. Behind the scenes hangs the shadow of the mafia and Fratoni, the owner of a rival casino, who wants to take over the Palais de la Mediterannee. Agnelet, who has fallen from grace with Renee, introduces Agnes to Fratoni. Fratoni offers her 3 million francs to vote against her mother in the shareholder’s meeting. Agnes accepts the offer. Renee loses control of the casino. Agnes finds it hard to cope with her betrayal. Maurice also distances himself from her. In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bar. [Cohen Media Group] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    May 21, 2015
    88
    A fascinating, suspenseful story about obsessive love, money, the Mafia, and murder.
  2. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    May 15, 2015
    80
    Best of all is Deneuve, who brilliantly justifies her position as French cinema's First Lady.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 13, 2015
    75
    It’s a high-class thriller without a single goose bump, but between the mother, the daughter, the lawyer, the Mafia, and the investors determined to separate Renée from her money and power, there’s enough material to juggle several balls in the air at the same time.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 14, 2015
    60
    Mr. Téchiné ’s methodical storytelling covers more narrative ground than the drama requires, sapping the film’s energy.
  5. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    May 21, 2015
    60
    Téchiné's fidelity to the facts delivers a disappointing denouement to an intriguing character study.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    May 21, 2015
    50
    In the Name of My Daughter has good intentions of taking a sensationalistic riddle and turning it into a human story. But the pendulum ultimately swings too far, leaving an explosive tale behind in favor of one that fizzles out.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 26, 2015
    38
    Lacking a smoking gun, this Riviera-set crime thriller lacks both thrills and convincing evidence of a crime. “Poetic license” or not, that doesn’t add up to an engrossing film.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 25, 2015
    6
    This is a well-acted French true crime (or maybe not) drama, occasionally hard to follow but far more interesting to adults (young and old)This is a well-acted French true crime (or maybe not) drama, occasionally hard to follow but far more interesting to adults (young and old) than the current fare at the megaplexes. Although this is not a perfect film or the director’s best work, the actors create enigmatic human beings that hold your interest and their motivations are complex enough to argue about afterwards. It also helps that the film is set in the South of France, which is always a pleasure to watch as is Catherine Deneuve, although she has her work cut out for her here helping you make sense of what happened – not that anyone is really sure. Expand
  2. May 8, 2015
    3
    A boring and extremely long adaptation of a fact that shocked France in the 70s and hasn't been solved yet. Although scenary is pretty good,A boring and extremely long adaptation of a fact that shocked France in the 70s and hasn't been solved yet. Although scenary is pretty good, the script is badly developed and performances are disappointing. Haenel is a amazing actress but she fails to convince as a naive young woman (Agnes was almost 30 but she was 24 in the shooting). Canet is always bad, with no expressions and here he maintains his lack of acting's capacity. Maybe this is the worst thing about the movie: you never understand how an ugly, gold-digger and womanizer character like Maurice fooled two women. Never. And this ruins the whole film because you don't trust the story. The ending is almost useless because the case is still unsolved so the right thing to do was just finish it with the ballet scene and inform what happened in the court 30 years later. Deneuve is the only good thing about this movie, besides the beautiful places we see on screen. Don't waste your time. Expand

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