Familia Reviews

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½ November 10, 2011
Becomes really quite depressing in the second half, and I don't think it's handled brilliantly, but it ends on a satisfying note. The plot concerning the guy with two families is very well-executed, I could have watched a movie of just that.
March 9, 2008
Meilleur que ce que je m'attendais. Je ne connaissais pas grand chose du film non plus; je n'avais même jamais vu la bande-annonce. Bon jeux des comédiennes principales. Une histoire qui diffère de ce qu'on connaît des films québécois... ça fait du bien!
Super Reviewer
½ April 9, 2008
FAMILIA (2005)
directed by Louise Archambault
starring Sylvie Moreau, Macha Grenon, Mylène St-SauveurMichelle is a compulsive gambler, she has a 14-yea-rold daughter be she can barely take care of herself. She steals from friends and even her daughter so she can somehow get a few bucks to play a poker game or have a try to one of those slot machines. She lets her mom's husband touch her for a few bucks as well. She has no self-respect. She is manipulative and she is good at idea, she makes people care for her, even though they know most of what she says is a lie.Janine has two kids. Her husband is always away for work living in hotel rooms, or at least, thats what she thinks. For her, appearances are more important than anything else. She is a little snobbish and repress all her feelings. She is annoyingly mannered but she also really is a sick person, but no one can tell, and when she tries to express it, even her mother makes it sound ridiculous, not to change the appearances that everything is always alright.Margot is Michelle's daughter. She spends the night in clubs, wake up in the bathroom no clue what happened to her. She acts cool cause she drinks. She is like that cause her mother is irresponsible.Gabrielle is Janine's 13-year-old daughter. She hates her mom, she calls her Hitler in her back. She's not just a teenager, she has reasons, she just hopes for a bit more freedom without wanting to be too extreme or a little whore. She just want to be a teenager, but she is influenced by her cousin, Margot.Michelle and Janine are pretty much the opposite of each other, but they have been friends since they were kids. Michelle had an affair with Janine's brother when he was married and thats how she had her daughter. Michelle is the way she is cause her mother was like that. Its the same with Janine and seeing the way things are going, the daughter fatherless teenage girls are on their way to be like their mothers as well. Like mother like daughter. Although, they really are the most lucid characters in those messy lives.The year 2005 was a strong one for Quebec cinema. This film makes thats statement very true Along with C.R.A.Z.Y., L'Audition and Maurice Richard, Familia is a memorable piece of French-Canadian filmmaking that came out that year. Louise Archambault's directorial debut is so maturely written and directed, it feels as if she had been making movies for years. André Turpin, probably the best cinematographer in Canada, does a great job as usual, giving the film some desaturated colors but also giving the feel of a hot summer in the suburbs.The acting is nearly perfect, from every single actors in the film. Sylvie Moreau, known for her comedic talents, does more than a great job, she is totally convincing as Michelle. Macha Grenon totally becomes her character as well, Janine. She brings many subtleties to her performance. Mylène St-Sauveur as Margot is very good and in control which is rare for a child actor. Last but not least, Juliette Gosselin, who was the ultimate revelation of Nouvelle-France is just so powerful as the young Gabrielle. The rest of the cast is just plain good as well.Familia is a film about two friends coming together, dealing with their own problems while raising their teenage daughters. They have different ways of doing so, their values arent the same and ultimately many tensions are created. The film is so well-done it takes a second watch to fully appreciate the subtleties of the perfectly-written screenplay and the way director Archambault translated it into images without having to make everything so bold.A profound reflection on what family really is about, but also a film about growing up, and thats not only true for the kids but also the adults. Many more themes are touched and they all bring some good insights. The ending is so powerful, one of the best scenes I have ever scene in any film of any year. Its so well-acted and at that very moment, we understand that the character has really lost it, she kept it inside for too long. I find that weird, cause I just praised the ending and many people complained about the film not having one. I guess they didnt understand the entire film was building towards that finale moment, and that, from the very beginning.Familia is a powerful drama with many memorable scenes. Terrific acting, sublime direction and photography. Heartbreaking and frustrating in a good way, its definately a must see, an amazing character study.
January 22, 2008
sounds interesting, and possibly good.
November 5, 2006
Jo la fin est dans les bonus : scènes suprimés : épilogue! Lol mais avec les scènes supprimés sa aurait été bien meilleur à mon humble avis..
Super Reviewer
½ August 28, 2007
I usually hate movies made in quebec but surprisingly i loved this one... the ties between two mothers and their own daughters is quite appelaing in this movie where you have diametrically opposite characters with diff. values, morals and lifestyles. I loved it! This is definitely a tear-jerker for those sensitive at heart.
½ June 25, 2007
In this Movie, Macha is really good !
November 29, 2006
I'd like to see this movie!!
½ November 5, 2006
2,5 pour l'histoire... mais ou est la fin! Une suite de visage avec une vieille madame qui sourit! C drôle mais sa pas rapport au film lol!
October 14, 2006
Although I like Sylvie Moreau a lot, I've seen the previews a few times and they doesn't seem to catch my attention...
October 9, 2006
haven't heard of it before now
Super Reviewer
½ September 11, 2006
A family drama that focus on two women and their daughters as their lives come crashing down around them. They may have thrown one to many issues into this film but overall a realistic look at how quickly your life can come crashing down around you. Also shows how destructive men/boys can be to womens' lives.
July 16, 2006
A little bit long but reflect perfectly the reality. A big drama.
June 8, 2006
Belle histoire de famille! C,est un film à voir!!!
June 8, 2006
Super touchant et beau comme histoire. Les acteurs sont bons et même si l'histoire est un peu crue, c'est vraiment un excellent film.
June 8, 2006
trop mais alors la trop bon. Selon moi un des meilleurs film québequois de l'année, les actrices sont formidables et l'histoire vrm...triste et touchante..coup de coeur: sylvie moreau...incroyable comme tjrs !!!
½ May 31, 2006
Un choeur de femmes déchirant, porté par des comédiennes de grand talent. Macha Grenon effectue un sobre retour en force. Ce premier film de Louise Archambault s'éparpille un peu dans ses propos, mais gagne des points sur la sensibilité de son traitement. Un portrait troublant de trois générations.
May 29, 2006
Très moyen dans la première moitié, bon dans la deuxième et génial de par sa fin...
May 29, 2006
Un film qui passe un peu innaperçu parce qu'il y a beaucoup de films québécois à l'affiche présentement, mais ce film mérite notre attention. Le film a quelques longueurs, un peu prévisible, quelques erreurs de montage (post-Synchro) mais sinon je ne suis pas déçu du film. Sylvie Moreau et Macha Grenon sont assez bonnes. Je crois que le film aurait gagné à faire deux previews différents, un plus pour les ados et un plus âgé. Les ados pourraient aimés ce film, le temps écran est assez bien réparti entre les filles des mères que les mères. C'est le genre de film que l'on revoit dans sa tête pour analyser, le scénario est efficace.
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