Grégoire Canvel has everything a man could want. A wife he loves, three delightful children and a stimulating job. He’s a film producer. Discovering talented filmmakers and developing films is precisely his reason for living. Yet his prestigious production company, Moon Films, is on its last legs.
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This is not an easy movie. It tackles big stuff– the biggest, really, like the precarious balance between present and future, family and work, business and art, mortality and immortality. But it breathes, nonetheless.
Hansen-Løve’s greatest achievement here may be in the film’s sui generis structure: She sets up the terms as she goes with quiet authority, and even those that don’t wholly convince (the suicide scene itself; a subplot involving a secret family) don’t disrupt the film’s intricate and involving progression.
Tout simplement excellent. Le procédé central - faire disparaître à mi-chemin le protagoniste initial - mime en effet assez précisément l'avènement de la mort dans la vie. Est-ce que la mort est une tragédie (pour qui avant tout : celui qui meurt ou ceux qui restent?) ou l'issue inevitable d'un irréfragable engrenage d'evénements, de choix, d'échecs? Qu'en penser, comment y survivre. La mimique intérieure du deuil.
After having been unmoved by the three Hansen-Love films I had seen, I was surprised by the way this swept me up. At first it perfectly captures the pace of Canvel's lifestyle, a depiction of film production without the satire that nearly always accompanies it on screen. At the same time we are already anticipating the perspective of the title, introduced in the second half's surprising matter-of-factness 3.5
Excellent sophomore feature from director Hansen-Love that chronicles the effect of financial failure on a film producer and his family. The film captures the dual nature of depression; that mask one wears and the crippling doubt and self hatred underneath. But its the film's second half that concentrates on his surviving wife and daughters that one really feels empathy with. Marvelous achievement.